The bikes have a voice, thanks to the Valley Moves initiative and a local community bike share operation, a la Village Grocery. The Mad Bike project will officially launch on Earth Day, April 22.The Mad Bike Project is a Valley Moves initiative to provide non-motorized bicycle transportation for people in the Mad River Valley.
According to organizers the objectives of the project include helping people move around town easily in a non-motorized way, learning about how to help reduce the Mad River Valley's carbon footprint by using cars less, and getting some exercise.
Representatives from Valley Moves reported that the Mad Bike Project will initially focus on providing bikes (and helmets) in Waitsfield commercial district -- Irasville.
Valley Moves is working with local businesses to add more bike racks around town and to designate these bike racks with teal green flags, so people riding Mad Bikes know that they can pick up or drop off the bikes wherever they see the Mad Bikes flag. Valley Moves members anticipate expanding the project to Warren and Moretown as its popularity grows.
As a part of a "Bread for Bikes" offer, Troy Kingsbury has offered a sandwich for each "abandoned" bike that is donated and left at the Village Grocery. Helmets are also needed. Contact the Valley Moves group for more information.