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Annual Ride of Silence Coming up this Wednesday, May 16

Participate in the Ride of Silence to commemorate those who have been injured in car-bike collisions during the past year. Normally we celebrate advances in our bike/pedestrian environment and don't dwell on things that go wrong. This is a worthy exception: our local chapter of VT Bike/Pedestrian Coalition participates in this annual event as do cycling advocacy groups nationwide. This memorial happens the same day in all fifty states and in countries around the world. It has been a particularly sorrowful year for Brattleboro pedestrians, with several fatalities and an unusually high number of accidents.

Meet at the Plaza Park (in between the Food Coop and the Museum) at 5:30 p.m. this Wednesday. The ride is a slow promenade through downtown and up Putney Road, then back downtown.


Roll out your Bikes, Trikes, Recumbents & Unicycles!

BICYCLE RALLY To Protest Climate Change
April 14, 2007
Meet at 10 a.m at the high school parking lot
and bike downtown to the street festival at Pliny Park. The goal: 1,000 bicyclists to take over the streets of beautiful downtown Brattleboro!

Awards for Most Radical Bicycle/Biggest Bicycle Signage/Most Colorful Bicycle/Most Flowers on a Bicycle/Loudest Horn/Most Outrageously Dressed Bicyclist.

Bring the family! Bring friends! (Remember your helmets.)


This is an event of

a National Day of Climate Action, which demands that Congress cut carbon 80% by 2050. For more information, call 254-5852.

(Brattleboro Bicycle Shop is not a sponsor or organizer of this event. We are just helping to advertize it.)


Bikes Belong at Drive-up Windows.
(3/10/06) Cyclists and motorized chairs are not pedestrians, they are vehicles by legal definition. Read about one man's fight for drive-up equality in Brattleboro. more>>


Festival 05301 marks fall in Brattleboro

Click for the Festival Web Site

(9/10/05) Brattleboro is a small town, but you'd never guess that from the number of diversions we enjoy. Now several organizations have gotten organized to present all their events as a big, fall festival with something for every

taste. Really, the literary festival alone is enough to justify a mini vacation. Check out the calendar at

Check out the Ranney-Crawford house for your foliage trip
(8/30/04) There are many good places to stay in Windham County, but special mention for cyclists goes to our friends the Glim family at the Ranney-Crawford House in Westminster. Arnie has been an avid rider for more than the twenty years we've known him, and has mapped out dozens of rides you can do around the county. Not one to be stingy, Arnie has generously published several of his cue sheets on his web site for your use.

The Ranney-Crawford House is very well appointed and you can see that from the photos of their rooms. Should you decide to make this your base and explore the Vermont foliage through Arnie's rides, you could do a different one every day for a week and you'd have to keep coming back for years before you'd ridden them all. Check it out at

BMH Century Ride A Success
(8/30/04) Cyclists do Brattleboro proud. We were too late to the start of the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Ride of the Century to be able to register, so we rolled out our super trailer-bike rig and joined in from Main Street. It was really encouraging to see well over a hundred riders tackle the 100K route, and also to see a bunch of other families with kids doing the covered bridge ride.

The organization was very good, from the pavement markings to the aid station munchies. We especially appreciated the friendly volunteers who made sure we had water and munchies aplenty — and who were already talking about next year! Congrats and thanks are due all around.

This ride was not put together to raise money for a worthy cause. It was a remarkable, all volunteer effort in the spirit of our famous Winter Carnival, just because our community deserves a good time doing something healthy. Just the kind of thing we need.

Curb Your Car Week 2004
(6/4/04) It's time to be counted! Keep track of the times you choose not to use a car this week and report your non-car trips to Windham Regional Commission on Saturday, June 12. It's important that Windham County take notice of people riding bikes and walking during this week. It doesn't matter whether you routinely do these trips by car or not, and it doesn't matter whether you commute to work by bike or not.

For more information, to get a trip log to help keep track of your trips, or to report your summary at the end of the week, visit

Windham Regional Commission,

Send Your Old Bike Stuff To Ghana!
(9/25/03) We are happy to report the good people at St. Michael's Episcopal Church are collecting old bicycles for shipment to Ghana. Following the advice and direction of the Bikes Not Bombs people in Cambridge, these bikes will be used to set up a mechanics' training facility in Ghana. In other words, they will be happy to accept all kinds of stuff that we affluent Americans consider obsolete and not worth fixing (but still fixable—please no trash bikes!)

Mark your calendar: The drop-off days are October 11, 18, and 25, and November 1 and 8. Volunteers will be on hand from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on those dates at St. Michael's Episcopal Church to accept your donation.

The Church is located on Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave., by the Common.

New Transportation Center To Incorporate Bike Parking
(9/20/03) How often do we have good news to report about the world of cars? Well, here's some very good news: the Brattleboro Transportation Center will have bike parking on both the Elliot Street and Flat Street levels. The Flat St. rack will be just inside the ramp entrance; we're not sure where the Elliot St. rack will be, but we've been assured there will be one convenient to the street.

How important is this? It shows that people in charge of getting things done around here have bikes on there radar screen. It also shows they are listening to us, since we proposed this at the outset of the project.

We like to think of a couple or a family cruising from somewhere along Western Ave. (say, Highlawn or West St.) down Williams St., parking a thousand dollars worth of bikes in the rack, and going out to grab dinner and a movie. The bikes will be well lit, under cover, with video surveillance, and right across the pedestrian bridge from the Coop and the Latchis. You'd never do that before now, would you?

That's what we call progress!

Book of 50 rides in our area

Bicycling the Connecticut River Valley
by Bob Immler
is the definitive book on touring our area so far. Talk about value for the money - have you ever seen a ride book with 50 rides? There are 25 paved and 25 dirt road tours in this book, spread around the three-state area, but mostly in southern Vermont.

$15.95 Call 800-272-8245 to order one now




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