Local Motion Bike Ferry Announces Opening Day
Burlington, VT – Local Motion Inc. is excited to announce the installation of two new interpretive signs on the Island Line Trail at the Allen Point Access Area on South Hero.
The project is funded by a 2019 Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership Local Heritage Grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program. The project was also made possible thanks to the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, which manages the Allen Point Access Area, and students from UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, who assisted with development of the sign content.
The panels are mounted to the fishing platform at the southern end of the Allen Point Access Area. The two panels face east and west respectively, and each identify the mountain peaks visible from the viewer’s perspective. The signs also provide an interpretation of the geology underlying the landscape in both English and French. The development of the signs provided an opportunity for local students to learn about environmental education and interpretation, project management and partnerships, and the region’s geology.
Being located on the Causeway, the signs are in a spectacular spot visited by tens of thousands of locals and visitors every year. During the warmer months, Local Motion’s Bike Ferry transports people walking and biking across the Cut in the Causeway. The southern and northern side of the Cut are common places for folks to rest and take in the view, and these signs answer often-asked questions about the mountains visible from the lake. “Visitors were reading the signs as soon as we had them out of their packaging, before they were even screwed in. There’s a clear desire for this information in this location, so we’re happy to be able to provide it as an addition to the facilities at Allen Point,” said Jonathon Weber, Local Motion’s Complete Streets Program Manager, who oversaw this project.
High-resolution photos of the signs are available for media use. Please contact Jonathon@localmotion.org.
About Local Motion
Local Motion was founded in 1999 with a singular (and improbable) goal: to get people on bikes across the mouth of the Winooski River, where the Burlington Bike Path then came to an end. Since then, we have grown to become Vermont’s statewide advocate for active transportation, vibrant communities, and safe streets. Our mission is simple: to bring walking and biking within reach for all Vermonters.
Project Funding and Disclaimer
The project is funded by a 2019 Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership Local Heritage Grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP). New England Interstate Water Polution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) manages LCBP’s personnel, contract, grant, and budget tasks and provides input on the program’s activities through a partnership with the LCBP Steering Committee. The viewpoints expressed here do not necessarily represent those of NEIWPCC, the LCBP Steering Committee, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or causes constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.