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December 1: Statewide On-Road Bicycle Plan Phase II Meeting

November 16, 2016

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is beginning Phase II of their On-Road Bicycle Plan, a planning effort to categorize State roads into high-, moderate- and low-use/priority corridors based on current and potential bicycle use. The Plan will assist VTrans in understanding where to focus limited resources towards bicycle improvements and allow better integration into VTrans projects and activities.

On December 1, 6 – 8 pm, VTrans is hosting a statewide meeting so the public can:

  • Learn about the statewide VTrans On-Road Bicycle Plan Phase II
  • Review identified bicycle safety hotspots
  • Learn about upcoming opportunities to provide feedback on what makes roads feel comfortable and to identify network gaps
  • Followed by Question and Answer period with VTrans staff and project team

The CCRPC is hosting at their office in Winooski, or you can find another location convenient to you.

The final report for Phase 1 can be accessed at this link:  http://vtrans.vermont.gov/planning/bike-plan/documents. Learn more at http://vtrans.vermont.gov/planning/bikeplan or contact Sommer Bucossi, 802-828-3884  or vermontbike@gmail.com.

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November 14: Vermont Transportation Board Comes to Burlington

October 21, 2016

This fall the Vermont Transportation Board will hold public forums on transportation policy associated with trains, both passenger and freight. The Board wants to discuss railroad related issues with the public – including truck traffic through downtowns – to determine how future policy can be shaped to best position Vermont’s rail interests to meet the needs of the state residents.

Topics the Board plans to discuss include:

  • Living with railroads as neighbors, and the issues they present.
  • Passenger rail expansion along Vermont’s western corridor between Rutland and Burlington.
  • Passenger rail expansion from various points in Vermont to Montreal.
  • Truck traffic through villages and town centers, and the effect of rail expansion.
  • Adjacent rail-side economic development and planning for increased rail activity.
  • Starting commuter rail service linking Brattleboro to various points in Massachusetts.
  • Rail Safety, including crossings, trespassing and response to potential emergency incidents.

The Board will hold public forums on the following dates:

  • October 17: Bixby Library, 6:30 p.m., 258 Main Street, Vergennes. VT.
  • October 20: The Gateway Center, 6 p.m., 84 Fyfe Drive, Newport, VT.
  • October 27: The Holiday Inn Rutland, 6 p.m., 476 Holiday Drive, Rutland, VT.
  • November 9: Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 6 p.m., 10 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, VT
  • November 10: St. Albans Museum, 6:30 p.m. 9 church Street, St. Albans City, VT.
  • November 14: Main Street Landing’s Lake & College Building, 6:30 p.m., Gallery Room, second floor, 60 Lake Street, Burlington, VT.
  • November 16: Hotel Coolidge, 6 p.m., 39 South Main Street, White River Junction, VT.

You can read the full press release here.

People who cannot attend a hearing can submit written comment. For more information, contact the Board’s Executive Secretary John Zicconi at john.zicconi@vermont.gov or by calling 802-828-2942. To view the Board’s PowerPoint presentation, click here.

October 13: Grand Opening of the Downtown Transit Center

September 28, 2016

The Downtown Transit Center is opening! The Green Mountain Transit Board of Directors and Staff invite you to celebrate together as they open the new Downtown Transit Center on Thursday, October 13 at 1 PM on St. Paul Street in Burlington, between Cherry and Pearl Streets.

Speakers include: the Honorable Senator Patrick Leahy, Burlington’s Mayor Miro Weinberger and other federal, state and local officials. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Kindly RSVP to info@RideGMT.com by October 7.

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September 11: Open Streets BTV 2016

August 15, 2016

Open Streets BTV is an opportunity to experience our public streetscape in an entirely different way. On September 11 about 3 miles of Burlington streets will be closed to cars for a day of biking, walking, dancing, and whatever else you can imagine!

Last year’s event was a huge success thanks to a groundswell of community support. Check out pictures from last year on the Open Streets Facebook page and attend this year’s event!

Come bike, stroll, roll, dance or skate along car-free streets from the Old North End to Downtown! Activities, food and family fun for all.

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July 10: Bike Me Out to the Ballgame

June 27, 2016

The Vermont Lake Monsters have partnered with Local Motion, SkiRack, Champlain College and CATMA to offer the first ever Bike Me Out To the Ball Game! There will be two escorted bike trains meeting at 3 pm with arrival at ballpark at 4:15 pm (details below). Check out this sweet action:

  • FREE grandstand TICKETS for bicycle riders
  • Escorted BIKE TRAINS led by volunteer bicycle coordinators (and some special guests)!
  • Valet bike PARKING by Local Motion
  • Bike MECHANIC checks from Skirack
  • PLUS free BMX helmets for kids
  • and maybe Champ on a bike!

Check the Facebook Event Page for more details, tell us your coming and help by “inviting” all your friends and spread the word!
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North End Bike Train: 

To Game: Meet at Hannaford in Ethan Allen Shopping Center at 3:00 pm. Leave at 3:15 pm with Police escort along the new North Ave protected bike lane pilot. Burlington College pickup at 3:30 pm. North Street pickup at 3:40 pm. Leave North Street at 3:50 pm. Meet CHAMP at hospital entrance on Colchester Avenue at 4:05 pm. Arrive to stadium at 4:15 pm. 4.3 miles. Word is that Burlington Police Chief del Pozo will be joining us and that we may be doing a special pick up of Champ on the way.

From Game: Two home trains. First leaves at 7:00 pm and the second leaves 15 minutes after the game finishes.

South End Bike Train: 
To Game: Meet at The Edge at Eastwood at 3:00 pm (Free parking at The Edge). Leave at 3:15 pm. Spear Street pickup at 3:35pm. Gutterson pickup at 3:55 pm. Arrive to stadium at 4:15 pm. 3.2 miles

From Game: Two home trains. First leaves at 7:00 pm and the second leaves 15 minutes after the game finishes.

All this is thanks to special coordination from the folks at VT Lake Monsters, CATMA, Champlain College, Local Motion and SkiRack. Hope to see you there! If you are interested in being involved more or helping with the bike trains, please email nanderson@champlain.edu.

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June 15: Sign-up for a chance to win an Apple iPad Mini 2

June 8, 2016

Sign up for Way to Go! by June 15 and automatically be entered in a drawing to win an Apple iPad Mini 2! Already signed-up? You’re already in the drawing!

When you sign up for the 2016 Way To Go Challenge this September 26 – October 7, you’ll help battle carbon pollution AND be eligible to win great prizes. All you have to do is walk, run, bike, bus, carpool or telecommute as often as you can for two weeks. It’s easy! Join us in helping to prevent 500,000 lbs of carbon pollution.

Visit the Way to Go! website for more details.

Win the Carbon Cup

Once again, the business, organization and school with the greatest participation, on the most number of days, will win the coveted Carbon Cup to showcase at their organization for a whole year (bragging rights included, of course!).

Compete for a Carbon Throwndown Trophy

Want to compete against another business or organization? Businesses or organizations can challenge each other to a Carbon Throwdown competition. The winning organization from each will win an awesome trophy.

Want to stay in the loop? Join us on social media

Follow us on Facebook for updates, news and tips for travel, and more chances to win great prizes. Tweet along with us, and be in the know on the latest Way to Go! news.

 

May 6: Multi Mayor Multi Modal Tour

May 3, 2016

Please join us for the first ever Multi Mayor Multi Modal Tour! This will be Burlington Mayor Weinberger’s Fifth Mayor’s Multi Modal Tour, and Winsooki Mayor Leonard’s First Tour. The Tour–in which participants will walk, bike, and take the bus–will highlight recent improvements to make walking and biking safer and more fun, visit the new GMT Downtown Transit Center under construction, and then head to Winooski to learn about their Transportation Master Plan, CarShare VT service, and Go! Station where all modes converge.

Thank you to Burlington and Winooski, and welcome aboard Mayor Leonard!

May 4: National Bike to School Day

National Bike to School Day builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October. Many communities and schools have been holding spring walk and bicycle to school events for years. National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off of the energy of National Bike Month.

Learn more and register your school/event here!

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May 4: Intergenerational Walk and Roll To School Day

April 20, 2016

Get ready for Vermont’s third annual Walk and Roll to School Day! The Vermont Safe Routes to School Resource Center is partnering with the Vermont Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (VTAHPERD) and AARP to encourage participation by walkers of all ages.

The Vermont Intergenerational Walk and Roll to School Day will provide the opportunity to bring the community together and walk and roll to school. Use this event to get started as a Safe Routes to School Resource Center Partner, move towards the next partnership level, or kick-off a spring season of walking and rolling!  Partner schools who register their event will receive FREE incentive items from the VT SRTS Resource Center! Please see the Resource Center’s website for tip sheetsand other program resources.

You can register for the event by clicking here!

Register now for the 2016 Vermont Walk/Bike Summit!

March 1, 2016

Registration is now open for the 2016 Vermont Walk/Bike Summit!

This year’s Summit — April 1 & 2 at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland — will include interactive mobile workshops, peer exchanges, a highly-acclaimed keynote, and a variety of dynamic presentations and topics including advocacy and education, public safety, economic development, and the built environment.

Register now at: WalkBikeSummitVT.com

The Vermont Walk/Bike Summit is an excellent opportunity to connect with community members, employers, planners and various professionals from throughout the state for in-depth sharing on current efforts, new ideas, and networking to advance more livable communities. The registration cost ranges from free to $25 depending on the activities you choose.

For full details and to register for the 2016 Vermont Walk/Bike Summit, please visit the event website.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Kimberly Griffin at kimberly.rapac@gmail.com or Susan Schreibman at susan@rutlandrpc.org

See you in Rutland!

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