Walk-Bike Upcoming Events (Middlebury & Addison County)

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Laura Asermily

Apr 17, 2021, 4:46:40 PM4/17/21
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May Is Bike Month!  Use this time to practice navigating downtown following rules of road.Take a practice ride to school Wed May 5 in honor of National Bike to School Day or to your work site on Fri May 21 in honor of National Bike to Work Day. Photograph and report shoulder and path conditions and recommendations to Town Public Works and road maintenance officials and thank them for their effortsPost your miles cycled with American League of Cyclists at nationalbikechallenge.org

Go! Vermont is a resource of VTrans for finding greener travel options (carpool, vanpool, bus, bike or telecommute) toward reducing pollution and addressing our climate crisis. Track your greener trips to earn rewards all year. Visit Go! Vermont - Get Rewards for Greener Trips. Enter the Way to Go! Transportation Challenge for May 1-16 for special prizes, like an e-bike. 

Bike Swap: Fri April 30 (3-6 pm) and Sat May 1 (9 am-12 pm) at Middlebury's Cannon Park near Frog Hollow Bikes.  Frog Hollow Bikes 
is open Mon-Sat 10 am - 4 pm all year for you to drop off used bikes for consignment sale, to buy new or used bikes and to service and assemble bikes, but will have a larger selection at the swap. Drop off bikes for the swap at FHB before noon April 30 and indicate if you want sale proceeds to go to you or be donated to Midd Safe Routes.  A percentage goes to FHB. Opt to sell a bike, buy one or both.Remember to record your bike’s make and number in case it’s lost or stolen and check with Middlebury Police Department.

Bike Smart Training: Kohl's bike smart trailer returns to Middlebury in May with over 30 bikes and helmets and props to hone skills and teach rules of the road. Mary Hogan students will receive training in PE classes the week of May 24-28.  

Bike Smart Guided Ride: New and newly returning adult bike riders may contact Laura Asermily at lase...@yahoo.com at a time and location you can set to ride your bike with her or a borrowed one she can help arrange.

Free E-bike Loan Program: Reserve an electric assisted bike or cargo bike to try free for up to 3-5 days through Frog Hollow Bikes with support from Local Motion, Middlebury Safe Routes and Town of Middlebury. Tentatively slated to begin June and run through the summer and fall. Learn about cargo and e-bikes at http://www.vbikesolutions.org/.

Kelly Boe Memorial Bike Ride: Take a slow-paced bike ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roads, including Middlebury's Kelly Boe for which an annual ride was started and named. It coincides with the National Ride of Silence on Wed May 19 at 7 pm. Offer a donation to MUHS for the Kelly Boe Foundation. 

Human Powered Parade: Join a self-guided physically distant, yet zany socially connected event on Sat. May 22 (10 am-2 pm) in Bristol with porch music in route. Parade your resilience—our theme this year.  When we ride bikes, scooters, skateboards, walk, or run, we connect with our environment in a more direct way. More details  here.

Mountain Bike Rides, departs Frog Hollow Bikes Join Addison County Bike Club (ACBC) cyclists on Trail Around Middlebury rides. For more about rides, trail work days, clinics and safety training for the next generation of mountain bikers, visit addisoncountybikeclub.org.  CHECK WITH FROG HOLLOW BIKES ON FAT TIRE RENTALS AND SALES. Use trails intended for bikes on the TAM (marked on maps) and avoid blazing new ones to protect new growth.

Vermont Gran Fondo, Sat. Aug 7  Road cycling over Addison County mountain gaps: Appalachian, Middlebury, Lincoln. Choose from three courses. Details at http://vermontgranfondo.com.

Tour de Farms, Sat. Sept 18 Departing and returning from Vergennes Union High School. Choose 10 or 30 mile loop. More at https://www.acornvt.org/tourdefarms

VT Walk/Bike Summit, Downtown Middlebury Brings together professionals, volunteers, and activists to share information and learn from each other. For more, visit vtwalkbikesummit.com Scheduled for MAY 2022.

Local Motion's Trailside Bike Center & Ferry  Visit localmotion.org to see resources designed to bring walking and biking within reach of all Vermonters. Local Motion's Bike Center along the bike path opens May 1 (10-6) to rent bikes and the bike ferry runs June-Oct 11. 

Middlebury Safe Routes hosts "Walk and Roll to School Day" usually the first Wednesday of month, monitors traffic patterns and student travel behavior, plans activities to teach bike skills and rules of the road, and recommends improvements to roads, parking lots, drop offs, sidewalks, crosswalks, traffic lights, signage, bus routes, bike routes, bike racks, and more. Contact Erik Remsen at erik....@gmail.com to help or offer input.

Walk/Bike Council of Addison County is a county-wide, citizen-led advisory group that meets every 6-8 weeks in Middlebury. The Council seeks to build momentum and capacity for safer walking and biking to our towns and villages. We are mapping a Triangle road bike loop best connecting our Addison County hubs of Bristol, Vergennes and Middlebury via New Haven. Council members work with state and regional agencies, municipal staff, schools and other interested community partners. We seek members from western, north and south portions of our county. Anyone interested should visit walkbikeaddison.org or email Adam Franco at adamf...@gmail.com.

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