Who We Are
Local Motion was founded in 1999 with a singular (and improbable) goal: to get people on bikes across the mouth of the Winooski River, where the Burlington Bike Path then came to an end. Since then, we have grown to become Vermont's statewide advocate for active transportation, vibrant communities, and safe streets. Our mission is simple: to bring walking and biking within reach for all Vermonters.
We know there is no one solution that will work for every community. That's why our work ranges from on-the-ground advocacy and community organizing and project-specific technical assistance to workshops and classes for all ages and bike-friendly resources for businesses and communities. Let us help you make your community a great place to walk and bike!
We are delighted to share Local Motion’s 2016 annual report with you. Our annual report is not only a snapshot of the work that has been done in the past year, but also a look ahead to what can be achieved in the next. If the past year serves as an indication, 2017 is going to be a watershed year for walking and biking in Vermont.
As we look back on 2016, the numbers speak for themselves - over 6,000 kids participated in our Bike Smart skills trainings and just shy of 700 adults participated in our Everyday Bicycling trainings. That's almost 7,000 people learning how to safely and enjoyably ride bikes! Local Motion rented over 9,000 bikes this past year and over 13,000 people rode on the Island Bike Ferry. Over 1,000 people responded to a survey identifying what priorities for biking and walking should be in 2017. 33 communities across the state worked with Local Motion to make biking and walking safer for their residents.
2016 was a year of people actively engaging in the conversation about safe biking and walking in Vermont. In order to continue that conversation and realize the dreams of the many thousands of Vermonters who want to have the choice to walk and bike and be safe while doing it—we have our work cut out for us. We need to change our roads. We need to change our laws. And most important, we need to change our culture: how we drive, how we ride, and how we look out for each other on the road.
Will you help fuel the change? The momentum and the opportunity are there. We are ready. All we need is you.
Local Motion's strategic plan is guided by our mission: to build a better Vermont through biking and walking. We work statewide to make biking and walking safe, accessible and fun. We help communities become better places to bike and walk. We inspire people across Vermont to bike and walk. And we lead a movement for a bikeable, walkable Vermont.
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download our full 2017-2021 Strategic Plan
The Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) merged with Local Motion in March 2015. The combined organization draws on the best of VBPC and Local Motion to advocate and educate, statewide. To support walk-bike advocacy statewide, join Local Motion!
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- What happened? Local Motion was approached by the Board of the VBPC in late 2014 when their long-time Executive Director, Nancy Schultz, stepped down. Both boards agreed that joining forces was the best way to serve bike riders and walkers today, and the best way to help our communities transform into safe and welcoming places for everyone who wants to walk and bike tomorrow.
- What’s in a name? Just add an apostrophe! We now refer to Local Motion “Vermont’s Walk-Bike Coalition” in order to signal that we now have a statewide role. We will look at the question of what name will best fit our mission when we craft our next strategic plan over the course of 2016.
- What has changed? All of our local and statewide programs and initiatives that you know and love are continuing! Local Motion is and will remain a deeply engaged organization in Chittenden County with a strong commitment to on-the-ground change. We are also working to expand some of our most successful programs statewide. Perhaps you have seen a Bike Smart training at a school near you, as we are now serving more than 30 communities in 8 counties. Or you may have taken part in our adult Everyday Bicycling classes, which are now offered from St. Johnsbury to Brattleboro.
- What’s next? Over the next couple of years, going statewide will mean two things. First, we are working with partners across Vermont to develop a true statewide coalition of walk and bike advocates. (Visit the Your Community section of our site to learn more.) And second, we are now very active in the legislature, with the goal of building partnerships to advance an ambitious agenda for making Vermont the most walk- and bike-friendly state in the country. (Visit our State Legislative Advocacy page to learn more.)
For more information, please contact Jason Van Driesche.