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Winter Riding: Upper Body & Legs

I ride my bike to commute to work no matter the weather. I have found that the key to dressing for winter riding is having a cool torso as you start off on your ride. Your upper body will warm up quickly and it is all too easy to start sweating even in the coldest temperatures. 

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Winter Riding: Head & Neck

My ears are very sensitive to cold, so I often cover them up when it is only moderately cool. I use an adjustable helmet so I can accommodate a variety of different hats. I use wind proof hats fleece hats that cover my ears. As it gets colder that hats get thicker. In the thirties and forties I wear the hats in combination with a neck warmer, either a merino wool neck warmer or a thicker fleece one. Until it gets very cold, the neck warmer also serves to cover my face and nose until my breath warms up my face. When it gets into the twenties and colder, I add a balaclava to the mix.


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Winter Riding: Hands

I have poor circulation, so in the winter my hands get cold. I see people riding with no gloves when the temperature is in the 40's and I wonder how their hands feel. I want to stop them and say, "There are these great things called gloves, you put them on your hands when it is cold and the keep your hands warm!" I sometimes feel that I should carry around gloves to give away, but who knows if the gloves would even be used. 

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A Boy on the Bummel

Over the Labor Day weekend, events- both business and pleasure- conspired to take me to of all places, Bangor, Maine. As usually happens, I find myself drawn to libraries and this trip was no exception, ending up at the Bangor Public Library on a Friday afternoon. In amongst the other bibliophiles and bohemians, I chanced upon a bicyclist who had stopped to avail himself of the sanitary opportunities that a library provides. His bicycle was burdened down with panniers both fore and aft and yet he seemed to enjoy the extra ballast. He was of average height and average build, dressed in average clothes, but with an enthusiasm that tipped into above run-of-the-mill average. We struck up a conversation and it wasn’t long before I learned he was on his way back to Boston from an excursion to Bar Harbor by bike. He was a bit circumspect about his current itinerary, but felt he’d find his way home in a week or so.

And so I thought of him as a boy on the Bummel...

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An Exciting Debut for VBikes' Adaptive Fleet! Bike Mobility for All!

VBike.jpgVBike just debuted its adaptive bike fleet! It's all about rolling out our "Bike Transportation Without Limitations" program - bicycle mobility with virtually no barrier to age, physical condition, or experience level. On Saturday, Oct. 1st, VBike volunteer Farid Quraishi and VBike director Dave Cohen headed down to Bethel to participate in Bethel Better Block and debut this fleet. 

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Local Motion, Skirack, and Burlington PD Partner for Nighttime Bike Safety

nighttime_biker.jpgLocal Motion staff and volunteers hit the streets in Burlington last night to get high-quality bike lights on "ninja" bikes. We counted about 80 riders coming through the intersection of Pearl Street & Winooski Avenue in the space of two hours.  The good news?  Two-thirds of them already had lights on their bikes! Check out our Twitter feed for photos, reactions, and more.

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Check out the First-Ever Vermont Forest Fondo Social Ride

forest_fondo.jpgThe first ever Vermont Forest Fondo is set for Sunday, October 9th, 2016! Registration is limited to the first 50 riders. NO DAY OF EVENT REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE. A portion of your registration fee will be donated to Little Bellas Mountain Biking. Registration is available on BikeReg.  This year’s Vermont Forest Fondo will be a social ride with limited support (1 stop) and a BBQ afterwards. Join us on what will be one of the most beautiful events all year (peak foliage season)!

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OGE Offers Grants for Recreation Land Acquisition

OGE_logo.jpgThe Fall 2016 application period is now open for the Outdoor Gear Exchange Charitable Grant Fund! OGE is accepting applications until October 15, 2016 primarily to fund tangible acquisitions related to land access, conservation, or sustainable outdoor recreation. Grants will be awarded to qualifying organizations for amounts up to $1500 (up to $1000 for our education grant). To learn more about past projects or to apply for a grant, please visit


Local Motion Featured in National Story on Tactical Urbanism

peggy_with_bikes.jpgBurlington resident Peggy O'Neill and Local Motion were featured in NPR's recent series "Boundbusters" about empowering citizens to make changes Burlington's streets through tactical urbanism. Tactical urbanism is an approach to creating temporary projects that get to "lighter, faster and cheaper" changes on the ground.

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Sign Up Your School to Participate in Way To Go 2016 and WIN a Solar Tracker

solar-trackerWith the new school year starting, it is the perfect time to make sure the schools in your region don't miss out on the Way to Go! Challenge. As you know, from September 26 - October 7, Vermont schools can go toe-to-toe against carbon pollution and win. Students, teachers and staff are encouraged to bike, walk, carpool, or ride the bus to victory. This year, there is also a BIG prize; one lucky school will win an AllEarth Solar Tracker to provide an estimated $85,000 of clean power value to the school over the life of tracker (installation included).

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