Some events gone past...
2nd Annual Mud Searies Season Presentations--2007
Travel in Tasmania, plus a potluck and…a slide show by Robin Verner
Join Amy and Robin Verner, co-owners of Battenkill Sports, for a potluck, followed by their slides from a recent trip to Tasmania.
-Thursday, March 29th, 7:30pm, Battenkill Sports Bicycle Shop, Routes 11& 30-Junction Super 7, Manchester Center. Potluck at 6pm, RSVP to Amy at www.battenkillsports.com or 802-362-2734
Newfoundland by Bike, Minivan and Foot, a slide show by Kevin Bessett
Sip hot chocolate and watch Kevin Bessett show pictures taken during a 2006 trip to Newfoundland. Kevin is the president of the Green Mountain Bicycle Club, as well as an avid bicycle and Nordic ski racer.
-Saturday, April 7, 5pm, at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston
Best Bicycle Rides in Vermont: Scenic, Casual, Challenging, Historic and Multi-Day, a presentation and book signing by John Freidin
Author and former owner of Vermont Bicycle Touring, John S. Freidin, will discuss his favorite bicycle routes in Vermont based upon his recent book (2006), Back Road Bicycling in Vermont. His first of four books on bicycling in Vermont was published in 1973. Signed copies of his book will be available for those who wish to purchase one.
-Tuesday, April 17, 7pm, at Middlebury’s Ilsley Library. Co-sponsored by The Bike Center and The Alpine Shop.
Beaches and Roman Ruins: Cycling the Aegean Coast of Turkey, a slide show by Bob Immler
A transplanted Californian, Bob began bicycle touring in his twenties and has not looked back. His tours have included Hawaii, parts of the Lewis and Clark Trail, and the Pacific Coast from Canada to Mexico. Last year, he toured in Vietnam and Europe, cycling from Vienna to Budapest and from Prague back to Vienna. He has also published five books, including Bicycling in Hawaii.
-Wednesday, April 25, 7pm Newfane’s Moore Free Library
A Year-Long Bicycle Ride, a slide show by Kathy Davidow
In 2000 and 2001, Kathy and her partner Bud Haas decided that every bicycle trip they took ended too soon, so in an attempt to keep on riding, they took a year off from their everyday lives and rode their bikes. This slide show is about whom they met, what they saw, and the discovery that even a year isn’t long enough! Kathy and Bud have been bicycle touring together for over 20 years, traveling in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Caribbean.
-Thursday, April 26, 6:15pm at Onion River Sports in Montpelier
Swing Dance: Stay in Shape for the Coming Bike Season, instruction provided by VT Bike Ped’s own Executive Director, Nancy Schulz!
Since moving to Vermont 14 years ago, Nancy has shared the joys of movement with hundreds of aspiring dancers. She has taught ballroom dances ranging from salsa to samba to elementary school children, senior citizens, and all ages in between. She likes to quote Arthur Murray who said, “If you can walk, you can dance.”
-Saturday, May 12, 7pm, at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier.
Heart of Vermont Metric Century -
After 10 years of organizing a metric century ride in Central Vermont, Vermont Safe Kids and partner organization VT Bike Ped have made the difficult decision to lay this ride to rest. There will not be a ride in 2006. The ride, known for many years as the VT Safe Kids Bike-a-Thon, was later renamed the Heart of Vermont. The 2005 ride raised over $7000 for safer bicycling, walking, and safer kids -- with a considerable share of the proceeds going to support a Community Mini-grants Program (applications for awards up to $200 are due each spring). This year, Vermont Safe Kids will be accepting donations directly into the mini-grant fund; contact Susan Victory if you would like to make a donation. Thank you again to all of our riders and sponsors for your past support!
The Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition’s
1st Annual Mud Season Series 2006 also available as a PDF poster
The mission of the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition, as the statewide voice for bicycling and walking in Vermont, is to promote bicycling and walking safety and access for our health, economy, environment and community. The Coalition envisions a state in which human-powered travel is a respected mode of transportation, with more and more people walking and bicycling safely to school, to work, and within the community – for fun, health, and the benefit of the environment.
Join us for inspiring presentations that will take you to byways and highways near and far. In this series we will ex perience the French Alps, ride across the U.S.A, ask if bicycling is a political statement, hike off the beaten path in Nepal, and much more!
These events are FREE and open to the public, but of course donations are always appreciated.
Bicycling in the French Alps - Williston - Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 4:30 pm
Enjoy a trip to France while sipping hot chocolate. Kevin Bessett will be showing pictures taken during a seven-day trip to the Grenoble area in July 2004. Also see pictures from two stages of the Tour de France, including Lance Armstrong in action. Kevin is an avid cyclist and president of the Green Mountain Bicycle Club. Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Williston.
A Cross-Country Adventure by Bicycle - Montpelier - Thursday, March 9, 2006 at 6:30pm
When Mary Welz told her hus band John Waldo that she was going to ride her bicycle across the country, his first thought was “what bicycle?” as Mary did not even own one. What started out as a seemingly crazy idea turned into reality when John, Mary and her 18-year-old daughter, Annie, spent 49 days riding 3,600 miles across our vast country. The experience left them deeply appreciative of the diversity of America’s land and her people... and ready for more bicycling ad ventures! Onion River Sports, 20 Langdon Street, Montpelier
Is Bicycling a Political Statement? - Bradford - Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 7:30pm
Come watch the short films, We Are Traffic, tracing the history of the Critical Mass movement, and Still We Ride, a Critical Mass event in New York City on the eve of the Republican National Convention in 2004. Participate in a lively discussion about what bicycling in Vermont means to each of us and our communities. Middle Earth Music Hall, Barton Street, downtown Bradford
A Cycling Journey Across a Free Land - Manchester - Thursday March 30, 2006 at 7:00pm
For more than 30 years, photographer Stan Achey had wanted to ride his bicycle across the country. Departing from the Golden Gate Bridge park on June 20, Stan rode for seven weeks, as his wife Sally drove the SAG vehicle, accompanied by their Australian Shepherd, Tucker. Stan and Sally will share the photographic images of their adventure on: Thursday March 30 at 7:00pm, Battenkill Sports Bicycle Shop, Routes 11& 30-Junction Super 7, Manchester Center. Potluck at 6:00pm, RSVP to Amy at www.battenkillsports.com or 802-362-2734
Bike in France: If Anything Could Go Wrong, it Did!
Trek in Nepal: Off the Beaten Path
This dual topic slide presentation features a humorous look at a bicycle trip in France. Also featured are slides from a fabulous trek off the beaten path in Nepal. Presented by Tom Jones, an experienced outdoor person, who has bicycled, hiked, & whitewater canoed in North America, Europe, and Asia. Two locations:
Rutland - Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 6:30pm, The Great Outdoors Trading Company, 219 Woodstock Avenue, Rutland
Middlebury - Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 7:00pm, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main Street, Middlebury. Co-sponsored by Alpine Shop and The Bike Center.
Bicycling in Vietnam - a Travel Adventure - Brattleboro - TBA
As we type, VT Bike Ped Coalition members Bob and Michelle Immler are off exploring Vietnam on their bicycles and sending back photos and commentary via a webblog (at Crazyguyonabike.com). On their return, they'll share a sit-down version of their tale. Details to be announced. Tentative date is Monday May 8, 2006.
For more information on the series, call 802-225-8904, e-mail
, or www.vtbikeped.org
Many thanks to our sponsors including: Alpine Shop Middlebury, Battenkill Sports Bicycle Shop, The Bike Center, Cabot Creamery, Catamount Outdoor Family Center, The Great Outdoors Trading Company, Green Mountain Bicycle Club, Middlebury Mountaineer, Middle Earth Music Hall, and Onion River Sports.
Hope to see you at one or more of these events!