Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Winter Walk Day is tomorrow, Feb 4th!

Celebrating Winter
Vermont will join Canada once again in celebrating Winter Walk Day on February 4th!

We are thrilled to have 31 Vermont schools participating in Winter Walk Day on February 4th. This year, Maine, New Hampshire, and Minneapolis will be joining us! 

To view which schools are participating, click here.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for pictures from the day! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Carshare is coming to Montpelier

Montpelier, here we come!

We’re very excited to announce that CarShare Vermont is expanding to Montpelier this April! After two years of grassroots community outreach, extensive market research, and much anticipation, we’re happy to be launching our first expansion project outside of Chittenden County.

We’ve heard from local residents, businesses, and community leaders alike that Montpelier is ready and eager to embrace car-sharing. This spring, in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Transportation and with the city’s support, we’re rolling out a two-year pilot project that will place two fuel-efficient vehicles in the downtown (exact locations are pending city approval). We’re confident that with your continued support, we’ll be able hit the ground running this spring!

Here are a few ways you can help:Become a CarShare Vermont member, and encourage your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to do the same. We’ll need a solid base of members that are ready to use our service as soon as we set up shop. If you’ve been thinking about ditching a car,  go for it – we’ve got you covered!If you work in Montpelier, encourage your employer to set up a business membership this spring. CarShare Vermont can help businesses reduce work-related travel expenses, while providing an enticing employee benefit.Join our outreach team, and help us raise awareness and generate excitement about our service. We’ll need local volunteers to help table at community events, put up posters, knock on doors, post messages on Front Porch Forum, and generally help spread the word.Connect with CarShare Vermont on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and invite everyone in your social network to do the same. Leading up to the launch and beyond, we’ll use social media (as well as this email list) to share information, announce opportunities/events, and generally keep people in the loop.Thank you in advance for all of your support to help make this pilot project a huge success! If you’d like to get involved, please email alicia@carsharevt.org or call (802) 861-2340.

Take the survey!Is CarShare Vermont a good fit for Montpelier?

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Riding Bikes to School Curbs Junk Food Munching

From Bicycling Magazine
Kidical Mass
ds who ride bikes or walk to and from school tend to eat less junk food, according to a new study published in the Journal of Preventive Medicine. This doesn’t come as a huge shock—commuting by bike is part of a healthy lifestyle, just like nutritious eating.
The study was conducted at the University of California, Berkeley, where weather is ideal for year-round commuting. Of the 3,316 fourth and fifth graders surveyed, an impressive 27 percent of them actively rode or walked to school. Researchers compared the calorie intake of these kids to their classmates who traveled by bus or car. 
Between the two groups, the passive riders (bus or car commuting) consumed an average of 78 more calories per day in sweets and snack-type foods than their active-commuting peers.
The researchers came to the conclusion that many parents likely provide unhealthy foods during the commute—you can’t stop at a McDonalds drive thru window on your bike, but it’s an easy move in the car. And regardless of where the kids are getting their treats, it’s a lot easier to sit in the backseat and snack on a bag of chips than it is to open that same bag while pedaling down the street. 
Our conclusion? No matter how you look at it, a bike ride or walk to school is healthy for kids!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

How to create your own bike lane

From TreeHugger.com
bike lane separators © cyclehoop
There are many tools you can use to plop down a quick bike lane. The one picture above and below has several benefits, so I thought it deserved some special attention. It's called an "Armadillo." It's quite simple, but comes with a number of advantages.
For one, it actually creates a separated bike lane on the roadway, which is much more preferred than a bike lane that is simply painted on the side of the road and almost looks like a road shoulder rather than a dedicated path for bicyclists.
Secondly, while drivers can see that they shouldn't drive up onto Armadillos, and will quickly notice if they do, they also aren't faced with the unpleasant stress of driving next to tall separators such as cones or poles. I definitely think bicyclists deserve physical separators, but I don't think they always need to be tall and stressful to drivers.
© cyclehoop
© cyclehoop
Thirdly, these babies are made from 100% recycled PVC. 100% recycled content rocks, and the manufacturers deserve some props for that.
Another plus with these Armadillos is that they can very easily and quickly be implemented. That cuts costs, of course, and also makes it easier to implement test projects that could more quickly get separated bikes lanes added to your neighborhood, similar to the pop-up bike lanes I wrote about in February.
"Armadillos are bolted into the ground and spaced out so that cyclists can enter or exit the cycle lanes as needed," cyclehoop writes. "Much quicker and more cost effective to install than other solutions, Armadillos have been successfully installed and used by major towns and cities across Europe and North America for the past 7 years."
Here's a video featuring some of these Armadillo bike lane separators, and one more photo:

© cyclehoop
Some of the commentary in the video was cringeworthy, but what can you expect from the mainstream media?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

VTrans' Jon Kaplan on the planned Road Diet for US302

In this video clip, Jon Kaplan of VTrans explains the methodology of a road diet and how it can benefit bicyclists and pedestrians.  Jon's comments apply to a road diet that is going to be tried on a section of Route 302 in central Vermont, but the concept can be employed successfully in a variety of settings.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Help build the Bridge across the Winooski for the Cross VT trail

V Trans On-Road Bicycle Plan Announcement

Trans On-Road Bicycle Plan Announcement

To meet the growing demand for bicycling facilities VTrans is kicking off an exciting new initiative, the VTrans On-Road Bicycle PlanThe Plan will help guide improvements along Vermont state highways to work better and be safer for all bicyclists -- families, commuters and recreational riders.

Get involved! You can contribute by identifying where you ride and where you want to ride by:

1.   Attending the project public meetings. The first meeting will be on December 9, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm. The meeting will be broadcasted using Vermont interactive Technologies (VIT) throughout the state. Find a location convenient to you.

2.   Adding to the  VTrans On-Road Bicycle WikiMap.

3.   Telling your friends and neighbors to participate. Forward this email or post it on your local Front Porch Forum or hang up a flyer.

Phase 1. Over the next six months, and with YOUR help, VTrans will:
  • Collect information from the public about where they ride and where bicyclists want to ride on State roads;
  • Use this information to identify several tiers of bicycle corridors ranging from most desirable for bicycling to the least desirable for bicycling; and
  • Set the stage for where we should focus needed bicycle improvements.
Public input is critical to the success of this project. We thank you for helping to make the project a success by sharing your thoughts and creating project awareness by connecting others. 

If you have questions or comments related to this project, please contact VTrans Planning Coordinators:

Sommer Bucossi at 802-828-3884 and Amy Bell at 802-828-2678 or email us atvermontbike@gmail.com

Sommer Roefaro Bucossi
Planning Coordinator
VT Agency of Transportation 
Policy, Planning & Intermodal Development Division