As many of you know, over the past ten years, an extraordinary bicycle transportation movement has been emerging nationwide, aiming to actively encourage livable communities, promote physical and mental health, and contend with climate change. One of the most notable signs that there is a significant bike boom occurring in the United States are the 38 major bike share programs that have been established since 2007, with plenty more on the way. However, a significant part of this bike transportation trend is being driven by recent innovations, including the latest electric-assist options and cargo bikes, which profoundly expand the range, carrying capacity (children and cargo), hill climbing ease, comfort and overall utility of biking. That's where VBike comes in.
Vermont Representative Mollie S. Burke Brattleboro has been been watching these developments and even had her hand in assisting the VBike work along. She recently stated that “I am thrilled that Go Vermont and VBike are working together to promote a new generation of bike designs and technologies that expand the ability of Vermonters to use bicycles for every-day use. This transportation option offers a low-cost opportunity to help Vermont reduce carbon emissions from motor vehicles, one of my highest legislative priorities.”
We think the Go Vermont and VBike collaboration along with VSECU extending their VGreen loans to cargo bikes, e-bikes and other bike transportation options, represents an unprecedented joint effort to rethink, reimagine, and reinterpret the bicycle towards a whole new era in Vermont. In fact, this may be the first effort of its kind in the nation to reconceptualize transportation biking at the state level and combine that with making the purchase of a bicycle for transportation easier than ever before!
And if you need any more proof that some special is underway with cargobikes, families and the crazy bike excitement happening nationwide, just check out this New York Times article titled "Families Ditch Cars for Cargo Bikes."
Oh yeah, and we're waiting to hear any day about a pretty sizable grant for VBike and the BikeTIP fleet. Keep your pencils "X"ed!! We'll report on that in a few days, plus some pretty thrilling news about our first bike manufacturer that's donating cargobikes to VBike to get our fleet rolling.
Are you ready for all this? Ready or not, here it comes...