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VTDigger: April 22, 2021

"Four groups: I-89 study can lead to forward-thinking transportation system"


Brattleboro Reformer: April 19, 2021

"Trails become part of Academy School's identity"


Vermont Natural Resources Council: April 12, 2021

"Crashes are No Accident"


Addison County Independent: February 4, 2021

"Contest challenges you to walk and bike"


Burlington Free Press: February 2, 2021

"Want to get creative with your morning commute? Join the Vermont Bike-Walk challenge"


NBC5: August 12, 2020

"Local Motion's bike ferry opens for short 2020 season"


Seven Days: July 31, 2020

"Colchester Causeway Bike Ferry to Reopen for Season on August 12"


Valley News: July 15, 2020

"E-bike library lets Upper Valley check out a new way to ride"


WCAX: June 7, 2020

"Local Motion relaunching e-bike program after boost in COVID-19 bike business"


Milton Independent: May 25, 2020

"Local Motion opens bike rentals for summer"


VPR: June 10, 2019

"Move Over! Pedestrians, Cyclists And Drivers Sharing The Summer Road"


Burlington Free Press: September 7, 2018

"Should e-bikes roll on Burlington bike path?"


My Champlain Valley: July 20, 2018

"Bike-ferry crew recognized by Coast Guard for rescuing boaters"


NBC5: July 19, 2018

"Bike ferry staff honored for water rescue"


VPR: June 4, 2018

"Summer Biking In Vermont: The Best Of The State On Two Wheels"

PRESS RELEASE: The Vermont Winter Bike/Walk Challenge is Happening!

Sent to the press to announce the Vermont Winter Bike/Walk Challenge starting. 


Sandy Bender
Program Coordinator, Local Motion
Email: [email protected]


The Vermont Winter Bike/Walk Challenge is Happening!

Grab your bike, wheels, boots, or shoes and join Local Motion, Vital Communities, and GoVT! for the 2021 Vermont Winter Bike/Walk Challenge!  

The Challenge starts on February 1st and runs through February 12th, concluding on National Winter Bike to Work Day. Participants who record a bike ride, a roll, a stroll, or a run on the GoVT! Smartphone app or GoVT! Website at least twice during the Challenge timeframe will be entered to win prizes, including $100 gift cards from Outdoor Gear Exchange and Farm-Way/Vermont Gear!

Download the app by clicking here:

For 2021, we are excited to open the challenge to anyone who gets outside and gets moving, even just for fun! Whether you’re biking to work or walking the dog, you can take part in the Vermont Winter Bike/Walk Challenge.

Contact Sandy at [email protected] with any questions.


Local Motion is working to make biking and walking a way of life in Vermont.

PRESS RELEASE: Local Motion Bike Ferry Reopens

Sent to the press to announce the re-opening of the bike ferry after the Colchester Causeway rec-construction is completed.

For Immediate Release

July 31, 2020

Contact: Tom Clark, Local Motion Director of Services and Marketing - [email protected] or 802-999-6369


Title: Island Line Bike Ferry Returns to Service for Late Summer and Fall Schedule

Burlington, VT – Local Motion’s beloved bike ferry, connecting the mainland to the Lake Champlain Islands, reopens at 10 AM on August 12 for the 2020 season. The massive Colchester Causeway reconstruction project is complete, and the bike ferry will once again welcome walkers and riders to enjoy the spectacular ride across the Cut.

The Local Motion crew is taking precautions this year by instituting protocols designed to keep passengers and staff safe. Face masks will be required onboard and social distancing will be maintained, resulting in 10 passengers/bikes per trip rather than the normal 20. Extensive cleaning of frequently touched surfaces will be the order of the day. 

Local Motion will not be physically collecting money or making changes onboard or shore side. We ask passengers to leave donations in designated receptacles to help cover the significant costs of running our service. Those who have already purchased season passes will receive a complimentary pass for the 2021 season.  Donations to support the bike ferry can be made to Local Motion at


Late summer daily service from August 12 thru Sept 7 - 10 AM to 6 PM

Fall weekend service Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays beginning Friday, September 11 thru Sunday, October 18 - 10 AM to 6 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Borrow an E-bike for Free from Local Motion

Released to the press to announce the relaunching of our E-Bike Lending Library.


Sandy Bender
Program Coordinator, Local Motion
Email: [email protected]


Local Motion Relaunches E-bike Lending Library

Burlington, VT - Would an e-bike make your life easier? Find out for free! Local Motion’s Burlington-based E-bike Lending Library is now open for 2020. Borrowers take home an e-bike for one week to find out how it fits into their lives and how it can replace car trips and transform their daily transportation needs. The fleet includes cargo bikes with a rear rack, a front-loading cargo bike, and several commuter options, all with an electric assist that helps riders get around with less effort and scale hills that previously seemed impossible.

E-bikes are a transportation option that is becoming more familiar and necessary, and the goal of this program is to introduce Vermonters to how they can be incorporated into everyday life and replace car trips. Borrowers get the chance to experience a full weekend with the bike as well as several weekdays, so they can test it out across all aspects of their lives. From commuting to work to picking up groceries, e-bikes provide an extra boost of power that makes miles feel shorter and cargo feel lighter.

The safety of customers and staff is our top priority, so Local Motion is adhering to all COVID-19 related government safety regulations and recommendations. The bikes are cleaned and disinfected between users, and masks for staff and customers are required at pick-up.

Reservations are now open through the end of August, and fall reservations will open later in the summer.

To reserve an e-bike head to

Contact Sandy at [email protected] with any questions.


Local Motion is working to make biking and walking a way of life in Vermont

PRESS RELEASE: Local Motion Moves Bike Ferry to Fall Schedule for Much Anticipated Causeway Reopening

A press release presented to the media regarding the Bike Ferry reopening the fall due to Causeway Re-construction. 


Tom Clark
Director of Services & Marketing, Local Motion
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 802-999-6369


Local Motion Moves Bike Ferry to Fall Schedule for Much Anticipated Causeway Reopening

Burlington, VT.The Bike Ferry will open the 2020 season to celebrate the return of riders and walkers to the new and improved Colchester Causeway in early September. The Town of Colchester has informed us that the massive causeway reconstruction project is back on after a pandemic related interruption. They project a September 8th reopening.

Local Motion will announce the details of its fall ferry schedule as well as the protocols that will be in place to assure passengers of compliance with State and CDC guidelines. “We’re not giving up on the season,” offered Tom Clark, Director of Services at Local Motion. “Even if we only run a few weeks, we believe this will resonate with many as a welcome return to something something that people love.” 


Local Motion is working to make biking and walking a way of life in Vermont. 

PRESS RELEASE: Reconnect Outside with Local Motion’s “Use Your Senses” Scavenger Hunt

A press release given to the media to help families get outside and explore their natural community


Mary-Catherine Graziano
Education and Safety Programs Senior Manager, Local Motion
Email: [email protected]


Reconnect Outside with Local Motion’s “Use Your Senses” Scavenger Hunt

It’s time to break free from being cooped up inside and head out into the great outdoors! 

Gather up the whole family this weekend and head outside with Local Motion’s Bike and Walk Smart Senses Scavenger Hunts. Use your senses as you navigate around your neighborhood or local park. With mindfulness cues like “feeling the wind on your face and the sun on your skin” and mini-adventures like “find an interesting rock” or “hear a dog barking,” Local Motion’s Senses Scavenger Hunt is a much-needed oasis for families who need a change of pace. Make it a whole experience by packing a lunch or snack (make sure to pick up your litter)!

Click for the Google Drive PDF downloadable version 


Local Motion is working to make biking and walking a way of life in Vermont