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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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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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#MakeMeCount - Measuring our roads with cyclists in mind

AmericanFlag.jpgIgnoring bicycles isn’t just a problem on our roads - it’s a problem in our numbers! Currently the US Department of Transportation doesn't measure road performance for anything but cars and trucks. To make our roadways safer we need better statistics on all users. Our national partners at Smart Growth America and PeopleforBikes are calling on the USDOT to #MakeMeCount and ensure that the quality of our nation’s roads is measured with cyclists in mind.

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Morrisville has bike share? You betcha!

Morrisvillebikeshare_thumb.JPGBike share is for big cities, right? New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C., sure, but surely a small town in Vermont couldn't have its very own bike share? Think again. Morrisville, situated on the emerging Lamoille Valley Rail Trail is home to an innovative bike share program that shows what's possible in Vermont. And best of all -- it's completely free!

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Barre-Montpelier Road - Stripes on Streets, Butts on Bikes!

RoadDiet.jpgAn important vehicular connection between Montpelier, Berlin, and Barre City is now also an important connection for cyclists. A resurfacing project on the portion of the Barre-Montpelier Road - from near the Wayside restaurant to the Barre City line - updated the corridor with new buffered bike lanes.  This stretch of road is notorious for rear-end, sideswipe, and left turn conflict crashes, which are reduced dramatically when two through lanes in one direction are replaced with a single through lane and a continuous left turn lane, also called a 'Road Diet'.

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Harmony Place in Brattleboro - placemaking at its best

DowntownBrattleboro.jpgA new green space in Brattleboro will make downtown an even better place to stroll and shop. Harmony Place will replace the space where Frankie's Pizza once sold slices with a large green, a stage, space for 150 seats, and much more that will make the space a destination for those who want to spend time in a welcoming public space.

 

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"Nobody bikes in the New North End"

vbp_sign.jpgLast Wednesday was the inaugural “Beach Bites” Food Truck event, a gustatory celebration that will be happening the first Wednesday of every month through September at Leddy Park-right behind the arena, looking out over a placid Lake Champlain. I know the Truck Stop Friday Night at Arts Riot is crazy, but how busy could a similar event in the New North End be, especially in the middle of the week...

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The Hidden History of that $5 Garage Sale Bike Helmet

Garage_Sale_sign.jpgMy husband and I love finding great deals at garage and yard sales—we’ve found all kinds of amazing things in our adventures (brand-new Ibex shirt for $1, anyone?) As you can imagine, I’ve seen just about everything put out for sale on the tables (and yes, I did buy that bronze frog lamp.) One thing we see a lot are bike helmets. Sure, $5 for a helmet that looks in good shape seems like a great deal, but before you pounce on that fancy new helmet with squeals of triumph and joy, hear me out first....

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Vermont Rail Trails: A Future Within Reach

BikerOnBurke.jpgAs a recent transplant from Seattle, some of my most memorable cycling experiences were on a spectacular path known as the Burke-Gilman Rail-Trail. This amazing trail meandered through some of Seattle's most vibrant neighborhoods, passing parks, coffee shops, restaurants, and breweries, and beyond -- all the way into suburban enclaves dozens of miles out of town. And the best part about it? We can do the same thing, right here in Vermont!

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