Friday, February 17, 2017

Bike Registration Bill (H.46) goes before Vermont Legislature

From Local Motion
sq_snowy_statehouse_thumb.jpgA few weeks back, Rep. Cindy Weed introduced a bill in the Vermont legislature (H.46) that would require anyone over 16 to register their bike.  (You can read the full text of the billhere.) We've received a number of emails and calls from members about this legislation, so here's a quick post to let you know that Local Motion is on it!  Read on to learn more about our position and what we are doing.
Our position in a nutshell:  we oppose bike registration.  Why?  It doesn't do any good, it discourages biking, it creates unnecessary headaches for law enforcement, and it costs more to administer than it generates in revenue.  Here's an article that lays out the argument against in more detail. 
When we checked in with Sen. Dick Mazza, the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, he said in no uncertain terms that he would not support a bike registration bill.  Given that it would have to go through him to reach a vote, that means the bill will not go anywhere this session.  (Though we'll keep an eye on it anyhow!)  
As Vermont's statewide bike and walk advocacy organization, Local Motion keeps close tabs on the State House.  Legislators increasingly look to us for guidance on legislative issues affecting biking and walking.  
Please email us with any concerns or issues you see at legislation@localmotion.org.  We always appreciate hearing from our supporters about legislative issues that matter to you.  

Monday, February 13, 2017

Bikes on the Amtrak?

From the League of American Bicyclists

Have questions about Amtrak's bike service? This is your chance to ask it!

Amtrak will hold an open house at the National Bike Summit, where Summit registrants can check out train cars with different types of bike accommodations (bring your bike!) and ask questions of Amtrak staff about bike access, specific routes and stations, and how to bring your bike on an Amtrak train.

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If you will be at the Summit you can register here to attend the open House (and get a Amtrak Loves Bikes T-shirt) https://nationalbikesummit2017.sched.com/

If you aren't coming to the Summit you can submit your questions for Amtrak here- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5TP3ZWT

Amtrak will give written answers to all questions and the League of American Bicyclists will publish answers on our blog. (for those asking questions, we can also send answers directly to your email if you provide it in the survey)

So ask your questions!!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5TP3ZWT  

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Take the survey for Local Motion!

From Local Motion
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Local Motion is in the middle of a total rewrite of our five-year strategic plan.  As part of that rewrite, we're asking our members and supporters to share your priorities for better walking and biking with us. 

Click here to take Local Motion's strategic plan survey right now!


As an incentive to take the survey, we're raffling off a $250 gift certificate to a local outdoor or bike shop.  Here's how it works:
  1. Everyone who completes Part One (which takes just two or three minutes) will get one entry in the raffle
  2. Everyone who goes on to complete Part Two (which takes about 10 to 15 minutes) gets three more entries in the raffle  
So if you do both parts of the survey, you get four chances to win $250 to spend at your favorite local outdoor or bike shop!  Click here to start the survey.
  When you complete Part One, you'll automatically be taken to Part Two.  Be sure to click "submit" at the end of each part to be entered in the raffle!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

GOAL: More Stripes on Streets in BTV

From Local Motion
"More Stripes on Streets" is Local Motion's all-out push to get real bike lanes in places where people actually bike.  North Avenue is awesome, but it's just the start.  We're ready for the City to deliver on its promise of a city-wide bike network!
MSOS_square_logo_thumb.jpgTHE OPPORTUNITY:  There are a number of streets in Burlington that can have bike lanes added to them at low cost, with little engineering or design, and with negligible impact on car traffic or on-street parking.  Those streets can and should be restriped to add bike lanes without delay.  
CURRENT STATUS:  Local Motion is working with Mayor Weinberger and Burlington DPW to identify and move rapidly on major improvements for biking on Burlington's streets. Here are a few of the more promising candidates!  Click the name of each proposed improvement to download a simple map that lays out each proposal in more detail.
The Downtown (Almost) Connector, which consists of:
  • Adding bike lanes in both directions on South Winooski between Maple and Main
  • Extending the southbound bike lane on North Winooski all the way to Pearl
  • Swapping the bike lane with the parking on Willard from North to Maple (such that the bike lane for this segment runs southbound)
The Southern Bike Connector, which consists of:
  • Adding bike lanes and super-sharrows to portions of Pine Street north of Kilburn
  • Upgrading to super-sharrows on Pine northbound between Locust and Kilburn
  • Adding bike lanes and upgrading to super-sharrows at intersections on Pine between Locust and Flynn
  • Adding bike lanes on Pine between Flynn and Home
  • Adding sharrows on Pine south of Home
In addition, Local Motion has proposed that Burlington DPW paint bike lanes solid green whenever they cross an intersection or a side street. This treatment greatly increases visibility for people biking, and was recently adopted by the Vermont Agency of Transportation as Highway Safety & Design Engineering Instruction 16-100.  
THE NEXT STEP:  Document citywide support for "More Stripes on Streets" as outlined above by clicking the red button.  In addition, supporters can write letters to the mayor, to the DPW Commission, and more.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

A lesson to be learned for Vermont Cities? Oslo Gradually Removing Parking From Central City as It Phases Out Cars

From StreetsblogUSA
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Photo: Wikipedia
Another European city is setting its sights on ridding the urban core of cars.
The City Council in Oslo, Norway, has approved a plan to remove cars from the central city by 2019. As part of that plan, parking spaces will be replaced by bike infrastructure.
Liv Jorun Andenes, who works on bike projects with Oslo’s agency for the environment, told Streetsblog via email that the city is planning to remove 1,300 spots over the next three years. In their place, eight bicycle routes will be added. In addition, 500 spaces will be eliminated to make room for pedestrians and transit. 
This City of Oslo map shows the locations of the proposed cycleways.
Proposed Oslo cycleways
The parking phase-out began this spring. “It’s going well,” Jorun Andenes says, “but of course we are receiving a few complaints from residents who are losing their free parking spot.”
The city expects to hear more complaints when 100 parking spaces are removed from a wealthy part of town later this year. That accounts for about 2 percent of Oslo’s parking supply, according to local news sources.
Ridding the central city of cars is part of a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent, according to the Guardian. The city hopes to reduce auto traffic by 20 percent by 2019 and 30 percent by 2030.
Madrid and a number of other places in Europe are considering similar plans aimed at returning central cities to people.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Great Day for Walking & Biking in the Capital City


What an amazing weekend in Montpelier enjoying the company of our friends at EnVision MontpelierNet Zero MontpelierNational Life Group,VBikeOnion River Sports, and many many more!
So much energy and enthusiasm around how walking and biking can create a more climate friendly capital city!

Saturday 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.
Many thanks to our friends at Net Zero Montpelier, EnVision Montpelier, National Life, Montpelier Alive, Go Vermont, VBikes, Zoom Bikes, Onion River Sports, SlopeStyle, Drive Electric Vermont, Green Mountain Transit, Hunger Mountain Co-op, and Ben & Jerry's. A big thank you is also in order for the many volunteers who made it all possible. It might sound cliche, but it's so very true: it takes a village!
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Drive Less, Have More Fun + Do Good Fest

From Local Motion
There is SO much going on in Central Vermont this summer that we HAD to share with you! We are excited to announce that Local Motion's new statewide advocacy role has landed right here in the heart of the Green Mountains and is kicking off with a bang!
On Saturday, July 16 from 10am-2pm we will be participating in the Drive Less, Have More Fun event at the Statehouse in Montpelier . There will be fun and games, including the opportunity to test electric-assist bikes and even make your own smoothie by pedaling your heart out on a stationary bike. Come out and meet amazing advocates for making getting around in Vermont a cleaner, greener reality.
From 2-3pm we will be hosting a riding tour of Montpelier and the Barre-Montpelier Road pilot project on Route 302, which will only be a success if we get out and use it! Then, at 3pm, we will be meeting back at the Statehouse to walk and bike up to the Do Good Fest hosted by National Life. Admission to this amazing event - with fun activities for kids, all of your favorite local food vendors, and music by Big Head Todd & The Monsters- is free! But if you make a suggested donation of $5 you'll be contributing to the Branches of Hope Cancer Patient Fund, PLUS you'll get a nifty Local Motion water bottle. Nothing screams "summer" more than biking and outdoor concerts! 
Visit our website for more information about the Barre-Montpelier Road pilot, then get out and ride it!
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WHEN
July 16, 2016 at 10am - 2pm
WHERE
Montpelier Statehouse
115 State St
Montpelier, VT 05602
United States
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