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Gear Up for Everyday Bicycling

Do you want to bike more? Ready to take the next step, but not quite sure where to start?  Vital Communities can help! In just one short hour, participants in our Everyday Bicycling workshop learn practical tips to stay safe and active on the road:

  • What gear you need (and don’t need) to stay safe and comfortable
  • How to make sure your bike is in good shape for getting to work, school, the grocery store, etc.
  • How to map out a route that fits with your time and comfort level
  • How to “read” the street and ride safely under a range of conditions

These workshops are free thanks to support from Go! Vermont. In addition to these workshops—available to workplaces and community groups—we also help schools organize Bike & Walk to School daysContact us to discuss scheduling a biking event for your group.

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Stagecoach’s Jim Moulton Named National Transit Manager of the Year

The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) has honored Jim Moulton of Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) and Stagecoach Transportation Services (Stagecoach) as the 2015 Community Transportation Manager of the Year. CTAA consists of member organizations that support creating mobility for all Americans regardless of where they live or work. Each year CTAA chooses from the best among thousands of Community Transportation Managers across the nation to receive this award. Moulton is the first Vermonter to be selected for this honor. The Manager of the Year demonstrates exceptional leadership while providing transportation service that is integral to the community by creating vision for the system and gathering support both from within and outside the organization. “I am humbled to receive this honor,” said Moulton, “and grateful for ACTR and Stagecoach’s team of committed and caring staff, dedicated volunteers and invested board members”.

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The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) gave Moulton a vote of confidence when they requested his leadership support for Randolph-based Stagecoach, which had lost its founding executive in 2013. “Under Moulton’s leadership, Stagecoach has become stronger financially, operationally and administratively,” said Paul Kendall, Stagecoach’s Board Chair. “In a short time period, Stagecoach has expanded services to the most vulnerable community members, achieved fiscal stability, strengthened community connections, revitalized its board of directors, and developed staff management and leadership. The Stagecoach Board is thankful for the experience and visionary leadership that Jim has brought to the organization.”

During Moulton’s tenure at Middlebury-based ACTR, ridership on the bus system has grown by more than 430% while the service budget has more than tripled. Last year ACTR provided 173,000 rides through its bus and dial-a-ride programs. “The ACTR Board of Directors is very proud that Jim has been chosen for this honor,” said Adam Lougee, Board Chair. “In his more than 12 years with us, Jim has taken a struggling transit organization with limited routes and facilities and transformed it into a vibrant organization. ACTR lives up to its motto, “transportation for everyone” each and every day, by providing safe, reliable and affordable transportation. Jim’s vision for the organization, communication skills, financial acumen, compassion and ability to implement systems make him an exemplary leader. We believe Jim deserves the recognition and accolades and recognize how fortunate we are to have Jim leading ACTR.”

Moulton has also chaired the Vermont Public Transit Association for over a decade, working to promote the use of and investment in public transportation statewide. “Jim has done a great job of leading sustained growth at ACTR for over a decade,” said Chris Cole, VTrans Deputy Secretary. “The gains are clear in the ridership increases, diversity and quality of services offered, and the stunning facility project, recently completed under his direction. Over the past year, Jim has stepped up even further to also manage Stagecoach. This was all accomplished at the same time as continuing to serve as the longtime Chairperson of the Vermont Public Transit Association. VTrans thanks Jim for all of his hard work and congratulates him on the well-deserved CTAA recognition.”

To learn more about the ways that ACTR and Stagecoach’s services have impacted the environmental, economic, and social health of Vermont, please visit www.actr-vt.org or www.stagecoach-rides.org.

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Hartford Middle Schoolers Bike and Walk

Around 150 students participated in Hartford Memorial Middle School’s first Bike & Walk to School Day on May 6. Organized by Vital Communities, the event had school staff, parents, the Hartford Police Department, and Vital Communities staff stationed along Route 5 as kids got to school alert and energized. Thanks to the Bike Hub of Norwich for sponsoring the event and providing bike tune-ups at the Dothan Brook path. Contact us if you’re interested in organizing bike and walk events for your school!

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Smart Commute Hartland Survey Results are In!

Smart CoDamon Hallmmute Home Edition is a program that Vital Communities launched in 2014 to help residents in participating Vermont towns lower their transportation costs. Modeled after our successful workplace-based program, Home Edition follows a simple three-step process: (1) survey town residents; (2) develop an outreach plan and analyze infrastructure needs; and (3) help the towns implement new projects.

We launched our second round this spring, with the towns of Hartland, Sharon, and Royalton. Survey results are in for Smart Commute Hartland!

Some key findings from the survey are:

(1) Hartland residents want to use the internet to organize carpools, but many are unfamiliar with Go! Vermont, an easy-to-use tool for matching rides,

(2) Hartland residents support new bike lanes and sidewalks,

(3) Most Hartland residents have never ridden The Current bus, but many are eager to learn more about it. You can even use Google Transit to plan a trip on The Current.

Check out the full survey results!

Stay tuned for survey results from Sharon and Royalton. Have a project idea for one of the towns? Let us know at uvtma@vitalcommunities.org.