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Bikers, Walkers, and... Horses?!

horses.jpgThat's right, horses have equal access to the road! In Vermont, it is not uncommon to run into horse riders on your daily excursions. For most of us, the demeanor and needs of horses are unfamiliar. How should you behave in order to ensure the safety of both the rider and yourself? Here are a few helpful hints...

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Bike Me Out to the Ballgame

champ1.jpgNot even a cold rainy day could stop a crew of cyclists from attending the Lake Monsters baseball game FOR FREE this past Sunday. Local Motion provided valet bike parking and safety tips, while a slew of other local organizations offered free helmets, bike check-ups, and escorted bike trains. The grand total of bikes checked into valet parking? An impressive showing of over sixty bikes! 

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North Avenue: A Sight for Sore Eyes

northavethumbnail.jpgRumor has it that North Avenue now has PROTECTED BIKE LANES. Check out these awesome photos of the pilot project on North Ave, and don't forget to try out the pilot for yourself! 

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A Good Day for Bicycles at the Market

BTVfarmersmarket.JPGJune 18 was a great day for Valet Bike Parking at the Farmers’ Market. Warm and clear skies augured well for a good turnout- how could you not bicycle to the marché on such a glorious day? Although only one volunteer, Katherine, had signed up by Friday, we had another volunteer, Paul, show up and report for duty. Armed with a stapler stuffed in his cargo pants pocket he leapt into service at the mere sight of two wheels...

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Lanes of Change

man_on_bike2.jpgAT LAST, the North Avenue pilot project is up and running! And now, many New North Enders are getting out there and experiencing it for themselves, causing even some skeptics to realize how terrific a 21st century road re-design can be. See what they have to say in this recent article by the Burlington Free Press, and keep your eyes peeled for the perspective of Local Motion's Katelin Brewer-Colie.

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Safety is a Two-Way Street

man_on_bike.jpgWith an increasing number of pedestrian and cyclist fatalities in Vermont, it is more important than ever to understand safety precautions for bikers, walkers, and drivers alike. WCAX's latest on-air feature, Dangerous Roads: Sharing streets with cyclists, pedestrians, is must-see-TV for ALL users of the road, and a good reminder that safety is a two-way street.

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Opportunity to Design Euro-style plaza in the Mad River Valley

DowntownWarrenForBlog.jpgIn 2011, Tropical Storm Irene dropped massive amounts of rain on the Mad River Valley causing flooding damage to businesses, homes, and roadways in Warren Village. The Vermont Downtown Action Team (V-DAT) responded by helping the community identify needs and create conceptual layouts for pedestrian improvements and streetscape enhancements that increase safety, calm traffic and provide a sense of place on Main Street. This project presents an opportunity for a qualified consultant to bid on the design and engineering services for an innovative project to create shared space for all road users on Main Street in Warren Village...

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Barre-Montpelier Road - they have built it, we will ride it!

Road_Diet_-_Barre_Montpelier_Rd3-1.jpegWith summer in full force many of us are biking every chance we get. In the Montpelier Barre area, that just got a whole lot easier. Several weeks ago VTrans finished a redesign on the section of Barre-Montpelier Road from the Wayside Restaurant to the Barre City line. It's important to get out there and try it out. And after you do, whether you enjoyed driving or biking, be sure to provide comments to VTrans.

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How did Minneapolis Get so Bike Friendly? In a Word: Advocacy.

9357201922_8ea06b7742_q.jpgBack in April, Local Motion brought Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to town.  Why?  Because, despite cold winters and lots of cars, Minneapolis is one of the best cities for biking in the country.  Burlington can and should do the same.  How do we get there?

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Montpelier Bikes to the Ballgame

Biking_picture.jpgOn the Friday night of Father’s Day weekend-- a warm, sunny evening that is typical of Vermont summers-- walkers and bikers of all ages and experience levels congregated outside of Onion River Sports in Montpelier. The group had formed through the collaborative efforts of Local Motion and Montpelier Bicycle Advisory committee to do two things: bike to the ballgame, and lead by example to make Montpelier better by bike.

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