Before another bicyclist or pedestrian is maimed or killed by an impaired driver, let's get these drivers off VT's roads! One way to do this is to pass H.501 into law.
It shouldn't matter if the impairment is caused by alcohol, illegal drugs, or fermented bananas! H.501 makes it clear that: Impairment is impairment!
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned whether H.501 is needed. Your email message to members of this Committee will help them see that Vermonters want and deserve safer roads, roads that are free of impaired drivers.
Please send a brief message, respectfully asking the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote H.501 out of their Committee, so it can go to the full Senate. Please include your full name and town of residence and mention H.501 in the subject line. Don't hesitate to state why safer roads matter to you.
Names and email addresses of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee:
The following is a link to the VT Digger story that provides some of the details of the Committee's discussion.
Together, we can get this bill passed. Thanks for your past help and thanks for helping now.
2014 Walk Bike Summit a Success
Caroline Sampanaro addressing Summit attendees. (Photo: Kathy Davidow)
Attendees at the summit (Photo: Dave Cain)
An enthusiastic group of 250 attended the Walk/Bike Summit in Burlington this past Saturday. Those who journeyed to the Hilton enjoyed delicious breakfast and lunch foods, an array of 10 workshops, inspiring words from Transportation Alternatives' Caroline Sampanaro, input from a panel of VT leaders, plenty of table displays, networking opportunities, and late afternoon options to walk and bike a bit.
(If you attended the Summit, you'll soon be asked for your feedback so that future events of this kind can be made even better.)
VT Bikeways Map
Please click on the link below to access a pdf of the VT Bikeways Map, a map created through the collaboration of the VBPC and the VT Department of Tourism and Marketing with leadership from volunteer Lou Bresee and help from design students from Champlain College. New editions of the map are created with feedback from bicyclists, so please send your comments to
to assist us with future revisions. Thank you.
Limited Edition Ed Koren Print
You can receive an autographed, limited edition print of the above drawing. The drawing was done for the VT Bike/Ped Coalition by Ed Koren, an artist and VBPC member. You may be familiar with Ed's work through The New Yorker magazine or perhaps through Onion River Sports in Montpelier which used Ed's characters in its promotional material for many years.
To obtain a copy of the print, simply give the gift of a VBPC membership to a friend (who is not currently a member) and notify the Coalition whether you would prefer to receive an autographed print on cream or white paper. Please check out our membership options by clicking on the green "Contribute" square to the left of this message.
Thanks for your support of the Coalition's important work.
Montpelier Awarded Bicycle-friendly Community "Bronze"
by League of American Bicyclists
Montpelier Mayor John Hollar announces that Montpelier has been awarded the bicycle-friendly community "bronze" level by the League of American Bicyclists, a national advocacy group. Recent efforts in Montpelier include organizing a bike summit and a bicycle advisory committee, installing more bike racks, finalizing details to complete the city's bike path, and obtaining funding to develop a bicycle master plan. (Photo courtesy of Anne Ferguson)
VISTAs who work for the city of Montpelier, Hannah Recklow and Alex Prolman, pose with one of the signs designating Montpelier as a bicycle-friendly community. (Photo courtesy of Gwen Hallsmith)
l to r: Nancy Schulz, Josh Wilson, and Tim Blagden (Photo courtesy of David Cain)
VT, NY, and NH Advocates Gather
The VBPC's executive director, Nancy Schulz, met recently with her counterparts in neighboring states. Josh Wilson, the executive director of the New York Bicycling Coalition, and Tim Blagden, the executive director of the Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire came to Montpelier to discuss a range of issues including funding, legislative priorities, board recruitment, rails to trails, and lobbying. It was helpful to all three organizations to make this connection and to discover that we share many of the same challenges.
Tour de Farms’ Cyclists Injured by Drunk Driver
Together, the Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN) and the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) extend our sincere wishes for a speedy and complete recovery to the two cyclists struck by a motor vehicle at the Tour de Farms. The safety and wellbeing of all riders and participants is always our top priority, and the precautions taken at the Tour de Farms this year were entirely consistent with those of past Tours.
Around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, a motorist from Shoreham traveling east on Route 74 struck three cyclists riding single file and heading west on Route 74 near Douglas Orchards. Brian Miller, 54, is alleged to have been impaired and has been arrested and charged with two felony counts of driving under the influence, injury resulting; two felony counts of gross negligence in the operation of a motor vehicle, serious injury resulting; one misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended license; and two misdemeanor counts of violating the conditions of his release.
We sympathize with the trauma an experience like this can cause both for its victims and for its witnesses, and we are very grateful to the Tour de Farms participants who were first on the scene and first to help the injured; their courage likely saved two lives. We would also like to thank Shoreham First Response for their support of the Tour de Farms, and for their prompt action on Sunday.
Tour organizers have been in contact with the families of the injured cyclists, and we have learned, thankfully, that both are expected to recover fully. As of Tuesday, Sept. 17, both cyclists had been released from Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington. We understand that both families are grateful for the outpouring of support from their fellow cyclists and the community. One of the families, who moved to Vermont from California only two weeks ago, has stated, “It's really amazing how much people truly care here, and it reinforces the fact that we chose the right place to make our home.”
The Tour de Farms organizers truly appreciate the support and assistance shown to everyone involved. We, too, are grateful to call Vermont home.
Sept 15: Spectacular Cycling, Fantastic Scenery, and Savory Treats
at the 2013 Tour de Farms
Imagine bicycling in the lovely Champlain Valley with views of both the majestic Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. Imagine stopping at family farms along the way to sample delicious local foods. Imagine enjoying the company of your friends and family members as well as other great folks you've just met. Your imagination has painted a picture of the 2013 Tour de Farms, which will be held on Sunday, September 15. The 6th Annual Tour de Farms begins at the Shoreham Green where bicyclists will choose either a scenic 10- or 30-mile loop. Both routes feature multiple farm stops and lead bicyclists back to the Green in time to enjoy Apple Fest, a harvest celebration featuring live music, crafts, and, of course, a wide variety of mouth-watering local foods. Online registration is open now at www.acornvt.org and ends on September 9. Advance registration is $28 for adults and $13 for youths age 16 and under. Day-of registration is $50 for adults and $20 for youths age 16 and under. Children in trailers and tagalongs are welcome to attend at no charge. The Tour is a rain or shine event and no refunds will be issued. The 2013 Tour de Farms is made possible thanks to the generous support of Earl's Cyclery and Fitness, GMP Cow Power, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, City Market, Healthy Living Market and Cafe, AARP, the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, American Flatbread, Cabot Creamery, the Old Spokes Home, Otter Creek/Wolaver's, Terry Bicycles, and Woodchuck Hard Cider. The Tour de Farms is an important fundraiser for the VT Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Addison County Relocalization Network, so please make plans to attend with your family and friends. To see a collection of images from prior Tours, please click on "What We Do" above and scroll to "Events."
The 2013 Tour de Farms was generously supported by:
(The VBPC is grateful to Christopher Parker of Vermont Rail Action Network (VRAN) for permission to use the photo above.
Amtrak Releases Results of Carry-On Bike Tests
In July of 2013, Amtrak conducted a series of bicycle tests on trains in New York and Vermont. The VT Bike/Ped Coalition was asked by Amtrak to recruit bicyclists to participate in tests on the Vermonter and Ethan Allen train routes. Each volunteer bicyclist was asked to board at a particular stop with a carry-on bicycle and detrain at the next stop. Over 40 bicyclists were recruited by the VBPC to participate in these tests. Unfortunately, the Vermonter test took place during the hottest week of the summer. Multiple days of extreme heat caused a heat kink in the track, which resulted in the need for a repair crew and a four-hour delay in the train schedule. This huge delay forced many of the volunteer testers to drop out, so only a limited number of survey responses were collected on the Vermonter.
To see the summaries of what bicyclists had to say about their experiences, you can click on individual links for the Vermonter test, the Ethan Allen test, the Northeast Region test and/or the Adirondack and Niagara Falls test. The VBPC will be meeting with Amtrak officials in September to discuss the next steps to implement carry-on bicycle service in Vermont. Thanks for your support of the VBPC as we work to enhance train access for bicyclists.
Board Nominations Welcome
Bruce Lierman, President of the Board of Directors of the VT Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition, welcomes nominations of potential board candidates. Ideal candidates are committed to advancing bike/ped advocacy and are willing to work to bring about necessary changes within Vermont. The board of directors meets quarterly and keeps in touch via email between meetings. The VBPC's goal is to have a board which includes individuals from throughout the state of Vermont who bring skills that will advance the Coaliton's mission. For more information, please contact Bruce Lierman via (802) 447-2553 or
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