Local Motion launches new program

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA new initiative called the Chittenden County Regional Bike Rack Program was recently launched by Local Motion, a member supported nonprofit that promotes people-powered transportation and recreation for healthy and sustainable Vermont communities. Essentially Local Motion offers discounted bike racks to any eligible business, nonprofit, school, or public agency in Chittenden County. Eligible organizations must meet at least one of the following criteria. The rack site is located in a bicycle-friendly area with existing bicycle traffic or is a logical and desirable destination for people raveling by bike. Or the recipient offers (or creates as part of the installation) amenities that enhance the benefit of the racks, such as covered bike parking, showering/changing facilities, acceptance of bicycle benefits, or other meaningful incentives for employees or customers to arrive by bike. In addition to the options for racks, there are two, other benefits include customized assistance with site assessment and design at no charge, a guarantee that the racks, as installed, will meet all applicable national standards and qualify for LEED certification points, as well as inclusion in an online regional bike parking map to highlight a commitment to bicycling.

Requesting a rack is easy. Simply fill out an online request form (at www.localmotion.org/bikeracks) and Local Motion will review the request and respond within five business days with eligibility determination and a cost estimate for the number of racks desired. As part of the terms rack recipients will be required to sign an agreement which commits the company to follow some commonsense rules regarding installation and management.

For more information about the Chittenden County Regional Bike Rack Program please contact Thomas Cohen at 861-2700 x112 or email thomas@localmotion.org.

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