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A Great Day for Walking & Biking in the Capital City

BehindTheHandleBars.JPGSaturday July 16 was a day to be remembered in Montpelier. Local Motion and friends gathered in front of the Golden Dome for fun and games, education and outreach on innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint, and of course...ICE CREAM! Then, that same afternoon, our amazing volunteers provided free valet bike parking for over 70 attendees of the Do Good Fest.

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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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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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