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Local Motion—a Boon to Bikers

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A New Bike Rest Area- Built by the Local Motion Team!
Photo credit: Chris Stone

Source: Kevin O'Connor, EAN/University of Vermont Sustainable Vermont Internship Program

Leading the way

Local Motion a non-profit organization helping Vermonters stay fit and combat climate change. This member-supported non-profit was founded in 1999, and is located in Burlington, Vermont. Their mission is to bring walking and biking within reach to all Vermonters. They also help communities across Vermont become more pedestrian and biker-friendly environments

By promoting biking and walking, Local Motion supports the transition away from fossil fuels. An intern for Local Motion, Chris Stone, says, “A huge part of Vermont’s energy transition is transportation. Local Motion looks to promote biking by working on projects that create safer conditions for bikers. Through community events, education, and advocacy, Local Motion has been successful in getting community members out of their cars and onto their bikes.”

Got Wheels?

As part of their services, Local Motion offers bike rentals at their Trailside Center, on 1 Steele Street. The location is right on Burlington’s bike path, which includes a scenic stretch along Lake Champlain with breathtaking views of the Adirondack Mountain range. Local Motion’s rental program operates on a first-come, first-served basis and is open to anyone looking to ride a bike, and rentals can last a few hours or a few days. Bikes are rented out at 1-hour, 4-hour, and 24-hour intervals costing $18, $25, and $38 respectively. Children can also rent bikes at a discounted rate and local motion members receive a 10% discount.  All proceeds go to support their non-profit mission.

Local Motion’s Trailside Center also has:

  • Dozens of maps & guides
  • Advice on great places to bike and hike
  • Beverages and snacks
  • T-shirts and trail mementos
  • Air for tires
  • Refills for water bottles
  • Advocacy and event information
  • A smiling staff

Biking on Water!

Local Motion offers several services. One of their most popular services is the bike ferry. The ferry operates at “The Cut”, on the causeway from the Colchester bike path to the Islands.  The ferry shuttles bikers and walkers across the small gap in the causeway. The schedule for the ferry is generally:

SPRING: Fridays, Weekends & Holidays (end May - mid June)

SUMMER: 7 Days a Week (mid June - early Sept)

FALL: Fridays, Weekends & Holidays (early Sept  - mid Oct) 

Bikers take breathers

Local Motion also just completed a project known as “The Bike Rest Area project”. Chris Stone has been working on the project for the past several of months and said, “It's great. The project built eight bike rest areas along the bike path starting in Alburgh and ending in Shelburne.”  Each rest area consists of a covered picnic table built by Timberhomes LLC., and includes an informational kiosk. The rest areas make biking on Burlington’s bike path more appealing, providing bikers and runners an area to take breaks out of the sun (or rain).

Local Motion also works in the Open Streets BTV event. Every September, Open Streets closes more than two miles of streets in Burlington's Old North End neighborhood for one weekend to create a giant block party. During the weekend, people can enjoy events such as outdoor yoga, chair massages, zumba, face painting, local musicians, food vendors, helmet decorating, and much more. Open Streets BTV is usually during the second weekend of September.