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Spring Into Bike Riding Season…

…with practical skills training to get you riding more!

What is Everyday Bicycling?

It’s using your bike for those everyday trips that we all make — grocery shopping, getting to work, or even picking up the kids from school. It’s about making the choice to leave your car behind when you can, in favor of getting outside, exercising, and saving gas!

How can I get involved?

Vital Communities offers a range of bike skills trainings for groups of adults (and mature teens). We can hold one workshop or a whole series at your workplace, community center, or town park.

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Basic Everyday Bicycling (practical tips on everyday bicycling) 60 minutes long (indoors)
On-Street Bike Skills (build your street riding skills) 60-90 minutes long (outside, with your bike!)
Basic Maintenance (tire change, basic adjustments and troubleshooting) 60-90 minutes long (inside or outside, with your bike!)

What does a workshop provide?

• Practical tips from experienced Everyday Bicyclists on incorporating bike travel into any lifestyle
• Expert advice and guidance
• Low-cost gear: bells, lights, helmets, reflective vests, and more!
• Free informational resources

tom-bikeWhat is the time investment?

• We strive to make hosting a workshop very easy for you.
• We offer highly flexible scheduling.
• We provide all of the marketing and promotional materials that you need.

How much does it cost?

• FREE for Upper Valley Transportation Management Association (UVTMA) members. (If you’re not a UVTMA member, give us a call!)

• FREE for Vermont communities and workplaces, thanks to support from Local Motion and Go! Vermont.

How do I get started?

Contact Bethany Fleishman at 802.291.9100 x111 or Bethany@VitalCommunities.Org

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Rail Forum Coming to White River Junction

Trains – both passenger and freight – can be an important part of an energy efficient Upper trains-019Valley. We’re lucky we already have some rail infrastructure crisscrossing our region. How can we make rail a bigger part of our future?

The Vermont Transportation Board will hold a public forum at 6 p.m. on November 16 at the Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction on transportation policy associated with trains, both passenger and freight. Topics include:

  • living with railroads as neighbors
  • passenger expansion to Montreal
  • rail-side economic development

Can’t attend? Read more about the project and submit a written comment.

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You’ve Been Asking…I-89 South Transit Study!

We’re excited to announce that the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission (UVLSRPC) and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) are evaluating the feasibility of commuter bus service along Interstate 89 connecting New London, Grantham, Enfield, Lebanon, and Hanover.

Transportation Program Manager Aaron Brown and several UVTMA members and partners are serving on the project advisory group.

Show that the community wants and needs commuter transit service along the I-89 corridor! If you missed one of the public drop-in sessions held last week and haven’t yet given input on the project, please take the survey by November 4, 2016.

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Bringing Biking Skills TO you!

Two of my friends were really excited to start biking after attending a Basic Everyday Bicycling workshop last month, but each admitted that before becoming regular riders, they needed to build confidence with the basics of starting, stopping, and riding with one hand to signal and change gears.

So last week we spent a silly but serious hour in the waning afternoon light circling the Bugbee Senior Center parking lot,
practicing “power starts,” controlled stops, and riding with one hand. We also talked about how and when to shift gears and had refresher on helmet fit. They both learned a lot in that short time, and I was super impressed with their new skills!

Do you think you could use some personalized Everyday Bicycling coaching to help you gain the confidence to start biking to work, school, and more? Contact me to set up a 30- or 60-minute one-on-one coaching as part of our Everyday Bicycling program in collaboration with Local Motion.

– Bethany Fleishman, Transportation Program Assistant
Bethany@VitalCommunities.org
802.291.9100 x113

 

 

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Everyday Bicycling Workshop is a Success

Last month, we led two successful Everyday Bicycling workshops at the Windsor Public Library in collaboration with Burlington-based Local Motion. The first workshop – over pizza in the library’s backyard – went over basic biking safety, what to wear, and how to prepare for “everyday” bike trips to work, school, social events, and more. The second workshop was an on-road practice ride through town. We started the ride with basic bike safety checks, helmet fitting, tire pumping and a little maintenance work on the fly. Several participants hadn’t been on a bike in years, and one said she would have never gotten back on her bike without this workshop! The group hopes to get together for regular rides and maybe even start a Windsor women’s bike club!

To learn more or schedule an Everyday Bicycling Workshop (including basic bike maintenance) in your community or at your workplace, please e-mail Bethany@VitalCommunities.org.
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Woodstock Area Transportation Survey

Do you work or live in Barnard, Bridgewater, Pomfret, Reading, or Woodstock? Vital Communities is teaming up with Sustainable Woodstock to assess transportation needs in these communities. You have the chance win a $50 gift card to a LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESS of your choice if you complete a 10-minute transportation survey. Click here to take our survey.

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More Bus Service for the Bradford Area and I-91

Exciting new bus service improvements from our partner, Stagecoach Transportation Services!
  • Expanded RIVER ROUTE (Wells River-Newbury-Bradford-Fairlee-Thetford TO Hanover-Lebanon-White River Junction)
    • More consistent timing
    • Better connectivity with Advance Transit
    • Late morning and mid-day trips
    • Service to Centerra Business Park, the new State complex in WRJ, and destinations along Rte. 5 including the Haven and King Arthur Flour
    • Reverse commute service – morning northbound and evening southbound trips
    • Eight daily trips to VA Medical Center
    • FARE FREE UNTIL DECEMBER 1, 2015
  • New CIRCULATOR bus provides service around Bradford, Newbury, Wells River, and Woodsville!
    • Runs Mon.-Fri. 8:30 am-4:30 pm
    • Provides access to grocery stores, pharmacy, senior center, Upper Valley Services, and more
    • FARE FREE UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2016

Find SCHEDULES and more info here.

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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.