A great crew of VBike supporters gathered to ride in the Strolling of the Heifer parade on Saturday, June 2nd. We totally showed solid bike diversity - electric longtail and midtail cargo bikes, a solar-electric cargo bike, e-bikes, converted e-bikes, an e-bakfiets (made by Fhar Miess), folding bikes, bike trailers (one carrying hay), a chicken biker (see below), a bunch of great kids on bikes with their parents and more.
You can't imagine how many folks still talk about the time we showed up at the Stroll in 2014 with a bunch of great bikes. After Saturday's showing we've already received numerous emails and phone calls from Brattleboro residents wanting to shift up to the bike and get a free bike consultation from us. It's all about car-reduction therapy!
Quite a number of the Brattleboro area cargo and e-bike people had other competing commitments in the parade (marching with their kids' schools or some other org) and numerous bike inspired folks were out of town, but our showing was more than enough to get folks excited and thinking. We could have added at least another 15 or so e-cargo bikes and 50 some odd e-bikes (that would have violated the parade rules), but just take a look at these photos to get a sense of the fun and excitement we generated.
As the number of bikes of all kinds rises in Brattleboro there will be ample opportunity to provide the community with rides like this to showcase the bicycle as a viable form of mobility. On Sept 8th VBike and 350 Brattleboro are planning a major day of action around transportation. It will be a great opportunity to do this again with an even larger crowd of riders. But now for more pics from Saturday...
So, what do you say? Would you like to see more of this in Vermont? How do you think we can make that happen? But before you answer, here's some more pics...
That's the wrap up. We'd love to hear from you and for you to join this emerging mobility revolution that touches upon so many of the things we all want to see in the world. You know this is the future (the good one). And most of you already know our rap, so let's hear yours and stay tuned!!