2014 Vermont Walk/Bike Summit


Inaugural Vermont Walk/Bike Summit a Success

On March 29, 250 attendees came to the Hilton Hotel in Burlington for Vermont’s first statewide Walk/Bike Summit.  The CCRPC, with regional partner Local Motion, had previously held three such events only focusing on the Chittenden County region, but at VTrans’ request, and with their generous financial support, the event took on a broader statewide mission. Working with an expanded list of partner organizations, staff pulled together a quality program of presentations, awards, exhibitors and keynote that kept attendees engaged and energized. >>> Read the full article

  • View Caroline Samponaro’s Keynote [Slideshow]
  • The Metamorphosis of NYC Streets [Video]
  • How Complete Streets Came to East Harlem [Video]
  • Families for Safe Streets: Let’s End Traffic Violence [Video]
  • Why We Bike All Winter [Video]


>>> Download the full Program

Summit workshops included:

  • More Room for All of Us: Road Diets and Intersection Improvements
  • Riding Forward: Revolutionary Bike Designs and Technologies
  • Lamoille Valley Trail: “Vermont’s East/West Adventure”
  • Mobilizing Communities Toward Better Health: Vermont Dept. of Health’s “Healthy Community Design Initiative” in Action
  • Bike Path Tales: Rehabilitating the Burlington Bike Path & Building the Rutland Creek Path
  • Let’s Get to Work: How Burton Snowboards & Go! Vermont Encourage Commuters to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint… and Save Money
  • Bike Fitting and Training: Reach Your Goals While Enjoying the Ride
  • Encouraging the Next Generation of Cyclists: Promoting Cycling and Mountain Biking
  • Getting There Safely: Safe Routes to School / Safe Streets Collaborative


>>> Download the full Program

 8:30 – 9:30  Registration, coffee & socializing
 9:30 – 10:00  Opening Plenary Panel
 10:30 – 10:45  Break
 10:45 – 11:45  Workshop Session 1
 11:45 – 1:15  Luncheon Keynote & Awards
 1:15 – 2:15  Workshop Session 2
 2:15 – 2:30  Break
 2:30 – 3:00   Closing Plenary & Introduction to Mobile Workshops
 3:00 – 4:00   Mobile Workshops


Caroline is the Senior Director of Campaigns and Organizing at Transportation Alternatives, New York City’s leading transportation advocacy organization, with a citywide network of more than 100,000 supporters committed to reclaiming New York City’s streets for people. She is one of the nation’s foremost advocates for bicycling for transportation and has helped spearhead New York City’s rapid transformation into a bicycle-friendly city since 2006. In her role at Transportation Alternatives, Caroline directs dozens of grassroots campaigns to transform streets and adopt sustainable transportation policy in NYC, and manages the network of thousands of New Yorkers making that change a reality on the ground.

Caroline developed BikeNYC.org, the online hub for urban bike culture in NYC and is a founding advisory board member of the League of American Bicyclists’ newest initiative, Women Bike.  She is frequently quoted in the New York Times and New York Magazine, and is a sought-out speaker on urban bicycling culture, the growth of cycling among women and the transition away from the automobile in cities across the globe.  Caroline lives in Brooklyn and holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University.

At the Walk/Bike Summit, she’ll share her global travel observations as they apply to the Vermont experience, and provide insight on how we can get more people walking and biking in our communities, including:

  • Comments/recommendations for small cities and towns
  • Travel stories that apply to a Vermont scale
  • Creative bike/ped solutions available to rural and semi-rural areas
  • Overcoming winter weather challenges for those on foot/bike

Thank you to our 2014 sponsors!


VTrans BlueCross BlueShield Vermont Logo VHB Burlington Vermont


AARP RSG Lamoureux and Dickinson Parsons Brinckerhoff
Vermont Department of Health


Vermont Vacation Stantec Skirack Red Hen Baking Co
Governor's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports Old Spokes Home  VBT  BROADREACH Planning & Design