Our Mission

The Walk-Bike Council of Addison County is a citizen-led advisory group with an ear to the ground on walking and bicycling issues and opportunities for all abilities.  The Council operates from the premise that bicycling and walking are essential modes of transit and recreation, and that increasing opportunities and awareness for safe walking and bicycling are good for Addison County as a whole.  It envisions a future where better conditions for safe walking and biking result in:

  • Improved access to amenities and services
  • Healthier lifestyles
  • A better sense of place, and
  • A cleaner environment

The Council is divided into Working Groups as shown below; please click on a photo to learn more:  


SAVE THE DATE!

The 2020 Vermont Walk-Bike Summit is coming!

In partnership with Vermont Agency of Transportation, and along with a number of other participating organizations and sponsors, the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, in concert with the Walk-Bike Council of Addison County will host the 2020 statewide Vermont Walk/Bike Summit in Middlebury, VT on Friday, May 8th, 2020.

Click here for more details on the 2020 Vermont Walk-Bike Summit

Click here to see an update on the Keynote Speaker


  • Upcoming events

    Friday, May 08, 2020 at 08:00 AM

    Vermont Walk/Bike Summit for 2020

    Every two years here in Vermont, a local organization (usually involved in creating improvements for the walking and bicycling communities in the state) hosts a Vermont Walk/Bike Summit.  And for 2020, the hosting efforts will be shared by the Addison County Regional Planning Commission and the Walk-Bike Council of Addison County.  We'd love to have you attend the event, and you can get all the details at the Vermont Walk/Bike Summit website.

    Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    Bristol Skate Park in Bristol, VT

    Human Powered Parade

    The Human Powered Parade is in it's third year of "activating our shared potential for human change!"  This community event launches with a professional high flying BMX show and moves through town on human powered wheels. After-parade events include a community-wide party at the skate park with bands, pickleball, cargo bike test rides and bike races for kids.  See the details at the Human Powered Parade website.


  • Latest from the blog

    We need your online input for the Triangle Bike Loop Planning Study!

    After having started as a research project conducted by three Middlebury College students, the Addison County Regional Planning Commission and the Walk-Bike Council of Addison County have picked up the ball and continued on with the creation of a designated route between Addison County's three main towns of Middlebury, Bristol, and Vergennes. When completed, the bike loop will provide a safe and enjoyable rider experience, increase connectivity between communities along the route (New Haven, Waltham, Weybridge, Ferrisburgh), and establish a sustainable and valued recreation resource.  Route planners are interested in the perspective of cyclists of all abilities, drivers, walkers and joggers. In addition, based upon results from other similar efforts across the country, the Council and the Regional Planning Commission believe that this designated route also can become an economic development tool in terms of bringing tourism to the county and attracting new residents to the area. The town of New Haven, with assistance from the City of Vergennes  received a Municipal Planning Grant from the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to fund the project.  The SE Group (an engineering firm from the Burlington, VT area) was contracted to develop the plan, and they have created a website: Triangle Bike Loop Master Plan Website In addition, there is a draft of an overall planning document available:  Draft Triangle Bike Loop Plan   PLEASE NOTE:  We are looking for as much public input as we can get, and we'd greatly appreciate it if you would be willing to take a short survey with your thoughts on this project.  There are only three questions and it's available online: Triangle Bike Loop public input survey Thanks in advance for taking the survey!   Click the image above for a larger version of the proposed route map.
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    Meeting : October 30, 2019

    The October meeting of the Walk Bike Council of Addison County was held on October 30th, 2019 at the Middlebury Police station. Agenda: Middlebury Downtown Master Plan listening session (Jen Murray, Middlebury's Director of Planning & Zoning)Planapalooza is happening November 7 - 11th. What are priority areas for improved safety? What routes do people frequently travel in Downtown, and what are the missing linkages (x to x) ? What ideas do people have for improving connectivity? Bike Parking Location and Type Policy (Laura) Advisory Shoulders & Shoulder Striping updates (Doug) Triangle Loop status update Walk/Bike Summit & Motherload movie (Mike, Tim, others) Accountability of drivers who hit cyclists (Tim)A big topic....  ...I wonder if we could be doing more to advise our state representatives about this. Wondering how others feel about this issue. (Notes from the: August meeting, June meeting, April meeting, March meeting)   Continue below for full notes.
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