Local Motion


Mission Statement

Local Motion is Vermont's only statewide advocacy organization making biking and walking a way of life across Vermont.


Local Motion was founded in 1999 with a singular (and improbable) goal:  to get people on bikes across the mouth of the Winooski River, where the Burlington Bike Path then came to an end.  Since then, we have grown to become Vermont's statewide advocate for active transportation, vibrant communities, and safe streets.  Our mission is simple:  to bring walking and biking within reach for all Vermonters.
Through the promotion of walking and biking events, the organization of education and training opportunities, giving a voice to bike/pedestrian issues within the state house and working with communities to make on-the ground changes to increase safety for walking and biking - Local Motion is helping Vermont communities to become more walkable, bikeable and livable.  Community leaders founded the organization in 1999 to develop the Winooski River Bike Ferry and the 10-mile historic Cycle the City tour. With two early successes, the organization broadened its sights on making the Greater Burlington area a better place to walk, bike, run and ski.  In 2015 the organization merged with the Vermont Bike and Pedestrian Coalition, and today represents the voice of Vermonters and Vermont communities who want to make walking and biking part of our every day play, work and community.

Program Details

Our programs today include:
  • Helping residents and towns build Complete Streets, streets and roads that safely accommodate all modes of transportation including walking, running and biking.
  • Connecting the Greater Burlington area and the Lake Champlain Islands with the Island Line Rail Trail and bike ferry, operating from Memorial Day to Columbus Day and serving more than 16,000 riders ever year.
  • Teaching children bike skills and the joys of an active life with Kohl's for Kids Bike Smart, which reaches more than 7,000 schoolchildren each year.
  • Operating a Trailside Center on the Burlington waterfront providing bike rentals, maps, and advocacy information to nearly 10,000 customers every year
  • Improving the civility and safety on VT's roadways through the Safe Streets Network, community engagement and online tools and resources
Learn more at https://www.localmotion.org/our_work
Primary Issue
Climate Change
Secondary Issue
1 Steele St #103
Burlington, VT 05401
United States
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