Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Burlington welcomes a new bicycle company to town

From Burlington Free Press
Chapin Spencer of Local Motion, Mayor Miro Weinberger and Paul Budnitz of Budnitz Bicycles.

Mayor Miro Weinberger took a quick spin Tuesday on a Budnitz bicycle to familiarize himself with his wheels before riding to the company’s new headquarters on Maple Avenue from City Hall in celebration of “Budnitz Bicycles and the Modern Mobility Movement Day.”
Weinberger proclaimed Tuesday as Budnitz Bicycles Day in honor of the company that moved to Burlington on Feb. 1 from Boulder, Colo. Founder Paul Budnitz began building the high-end, belt-driven, titanium bikes when he couldn’t find a city bike that he liked. There are four models of the Budnitz bike, available in steel or titanium, with a single speed or an internal 11-speed hub.
Walking back to City Hall on Church Street, Weinberger gave his verdict of the bike before the ride: “Incredibly light, everything very crisp, an exciting bike.”
With that, Weinberger headed for Maple Avenue along with Paul Budnitz, Liz Robert, owner of Terry Precision Cycling — also headquartered on Maple Avenue — Chapin Spencer, executive director of Local Motion, and more than a dozen local supporters of cycling.
Before the ride, Nathan Wildfire, assistant director for economic development in the city’s Community and Economic Development Office, read parts of the Budnitz Day proclamation out loud, saying that bicycling and walking support some 1,400 jobs in the Burlington area and add $87.2 million annually in economic activity to the region.
Contact Dan D’Ambrosio at 660-1841 or ddambrosio@burlington

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