Middlebury, Vermont – October 27, 2015 — Cycle Addison County, organizers of the Vermont Gran Fondo, kicked off a partnership with Local Motion’s Bike Smart program. Proceeds generated from this past June’s cycling event will provide funding to bring Bike Smart skills trainings to four Addison County schools during Spring 2016.
Bike Smart is a games-based bike skills training program that teaches kids how to ride bikes safely with the goal of keeping them active and injury-free.
During the school year, Bike Smart loans its two trailers full of bikes plus all needed equipment and supplies to Vermont schools that want to conduct on-bike skills trainings for students in grades K-8. In addition to the trailer, the loaner program provides teachers with a detailed curriculum guide, training and technical support, and access to low-cost helmets for kids.
In the summer, Bike Smart works with municipal parks and recreation departments to incorporate bike skills into summer camps, providing all needed equipment and supplies plus trainers and counselor training.
This year, due to a reduction in funding from a grantor, Bike Smart is only able to deploy one trailer. The funds from Cycle Addison County’s Vermont Gran Fondo event will make it possible for Local Motion to deliver the second Bike Smart trailer to four Addison County schools and summer camps.
To learn more about the Bike Smart trailer, visit www.kohlskidsbikesmart.org If you are interested in bringing the Bike Smart program to your school or organization, go to this link to request the trailer.
About The Vermont Gran Fondo/ Cycle Addison County
The Vermont Gran Fondo is the Green Mountain State’s own quadruple-gap century bike ride. During the first two stagings of the event, nearly 350 cyclists from all over the world have conquered ascents of the Lincoln, Appalachian, Middlebury and Brandon gaps, the circuit of climbs known among locals as “the LAMB.” The event is organized by Cycle Addison County, a group of cycling enthusiasts and athletically-inclined tourism and business development representatives. Event proceeds are distributed via grants to municipalities and non-profit organizations with the purpose of enhancing bicycling in Addison County through programs, education, infrastructure and/or equipment. In addition to the Bike Smart program, proceeds from the 2015 event were donated to the Kelly Boe Scholarship Fund. Kelly Boe was a cyclist killed while riding in Addison County earlier this year.
The 2016 Vermont Gran Fondo will take place on Saturday, June 4th. Registration will open soon at www.VermontGranFondo.com.
About Local Motion
Local Motion is a member-supported non-profit promoting people-powered transportation and recreation for healthy and sustainable Vermont communities. Since 1999, Local Motion has been improving personal health — and the local economy — through regional trail development, promoting walkable communities and fostering active lifestyles. More than 1,500 members, hundreds of volunteers, and the philanthropic support of individuals, foundations, and area businesses make our work possible.www.localmotion.org