Take the Bus

When students take the school bus, parents and others save time and money. The result is less traffic congestion and demand for parking to improving safety. Taking the bus is the safest and most practical way to get to school year-round. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, students are nearly eight times safer riding in a school bus than with their own parents and guardians in cars.

GO GREEN BY GOING YELLOW

For every school bus, there are 36 fewer cars clogging the morning commute and polluting the atmosphere. Riding the school bus makes our students and communities cleaner and healthier.

PUBLIC TRANSIT FOR TEACHERS, STAFF, AND SCHOOLS WITHOUT THEIR OWN BUSES.

Travel by bus and save money, and free up valuable time for whatever you like — reading, writing, listening to music or tackling emails. Public transportation is an easy way to get more out of your day while spending less. For every mile you ride, you’re also using about one-half of the fuel consumed by the average car, so you’ll be making a big impact from saving fuel to reducing carbon emissions. See below for regional public transit providers or visit http://www.connectingcommuters.org.

Bring your bike on the bus to expand your mobility: http://www.cctaride.org/bus-information/bikes.html

Need Help Planning Your Route?

Use the Google Map tool to help map, identify and communicate the best routes for walking, rolling and biking to school.

Instructions for creating a Walking School Bus or Bike Train map, using Google Maps:

  1. Log into Google Maps using your free Google/Gmail account (necessary for creating maps).

  2. Select “My Maps.”

  3. Select “Create Map.”

  4. Zoom to your school’s location.

  5. Using the line tool, mark your walking route.

  6. Using the pin tools, mark stops on your route. Label each stop with a name and the time the Walking School Bus will meet at that point.

  7. Save your map. Select the “Share” link.

If you plan to share your map on a website, click on the menu next to the “Share” link and set your Privacy setting to “Public.” You will then have a link to your map to share.

Bike/Walk or Roll

Harness your natural energy and enjoy the great outdoors. Walking, biking, skateboarding or riding a scooter is a healthy way to get to school. It’s also healthier for the environment. A short, four-mile round-trip bicycle commute keeps almost 15 pounds of pollutants out of the air.

NEED HELP TO PLAN A SAFE TRIP?

Safe Routes to Schools has developed several resources to assist schools in their education and outreach activities. Below are three helpful links to assist school leaders with tools and resources to map out routes for safe biking and walking.

Walking School Bus Bike Train

Walking School Bus Step-by-Step

www.walkingschoolbus.org

Vermont Bicycle Commuter Guide

Statewide

  • Local Motion is a member-supported non-profit promoting people-powered transportation and recreation in Vermont. >> 802.652.BIKE (2453) >> www.localmotion.org/.

Brattleboro

  • vBike offers consults and biking workshops for eAssist bikes and more. Contact: Dave Cohen at dave@vbikesolutions.org.

In Burlington

  • CATMA: The Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) provides employees of its institutions and business members with a $15 reward for biking or walking to/from work on a regular basis. For more information, call or visit the CATMA website. >> 802.656.RIDE (7433) >> www.catmavt.org

In Montpelier

  • Montpelier Alive: The Montpelier Downtown Community Association (MDCA), now Montpelier Alive, was formed in 1999 to focus on the revitalization of the downtown. Contact Suzanne Hechmer for any questions regarding biking and walking. >> 802.223.9604 >> www.montpelieralive.org

In Middlebury/Addison County

In Upper Valley

  • For bike safety workshops, transportation efficiency experts or to seek guidance and assistance, contact: Bethany Fleishman at bethany@vitalcommunities.org

In Rutland

  • The Rutland Area Physical Activity Coalition: works towards creating a healthier, more physically active Rutland County. >> 802.870.6722 >> www.walkbikerutland.org

Additional Resources

  • Freeride Montpelier: Promotes bicycling by providing affordable used bikes and community-wide access to the tools, skills and information necessary for bike maintenance and safe riding. >> www.freeridemontpelier.org
  • Walk Score/Bike Score/Transit Score: Enter an address into this online tool and see how walkable, bike-able, and transit friendly it is. Results also include a map showing nearby amenities. >> redfin.com/how-walk-score-works
  • Gmaps Pedometer: Uses Google’s mapping application to help record distances traveled and calories burned during a running or walking workout. >> http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/
  • Bicycle Commuter Tax Benefits: >> Bicycle Benefits www.nctr.usf.edu/programs/clearinghouse/commutebenefits

Carpooling/Bike and Ride

Carpooling is an easy way to make a big difference with your daily commute. When you share your ride, not only will you keep great company, you can cut 50% of your commute costs! That’s a lot of savings. Not to mention, the carbon emissions you’ll save by sharing your ride – on average nearly 31 pounds! See how much you can save. Try the Go! Vermont Commute Calculator.

KEEP IT SIMPLE!

Create a Carpool Event – It's Easy!

Zimride includes an “event” feature that enables the School Leader/Coordinator to set up your own carpool event to school. The first step is to register yourself as a carpooler.

Once you have joined Zimride, simply click on “Event” (located in the footer of the page) and set up your Way to Go! School name, event, and dates (Sept 25 – Oct 6). Then, encourage everyone to sign up at Zimride to receive a carpool matching referral. It helps take the “what if” out of carpooling, by letting you find the right commute for your needs. You can see other riders’ profiles, and even set the financial arrangements up front.

Make it easier for your School! Go Vermont can create a carpool event to help the school community receive a ride match referral.

Statewide Clearinghouse to Travel Options

  • Carpool: Go Vermont makes setting up carpools and vanpools nearly effortless! Check out Go Vermont’s easy-to-use carpool matching system, Zimride >> http://www.zimride.com/govermont

  • Vanpool: For more information on vanpools, guaranteed rides home and other Go Vermont offerings you can call or visit the website >> 800.685.RIDE (7433) >> connectingcommuters.org/

  • Vermont Statewide Park & Rides: Vermont has 27 State Park and Ride lots and 21 Municipal Park and Ride lots located throughout the state. For detailed information on each location, visit >> http://parkandrides.vermont.gov/

Call the Go Vermont customer support line (1.800.685.7433) or contact your local transit provider for your region from the directory below:

Take Public Transit

In Addison County

In Chittenden County

In Central Vermont

  • GMTA >> 802.223.7287 >> toll-free: 866.864.0211 >> gmtaride.org

In Burlington

  • CATMA: The Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) provides employees at its institutions and business membership with discounts on CCTA local and LINK routes. Employees and students at UVM, Champlain College and Seventh Generation can ride any bus for FREE with your valid ID. For more information including bus routes/schedules, visit CATMA’s website or call. >> 802.656.RIDE (7433) >> catmavt.org

Northeastern Vermont

  • RCT: Rural Community Transportation Inc. (RCT) is a transportation brokerage that uses all modes of transportation including buses, wheelchair accessible vans and volunteer drivers. RCT services a wide range of passengers through several programs including: The Northeast Vermont Area Agency on Aging, Adult Day Health Services, Northeast Kingdom Human Services, Central Vermont Council on Aging, and The Northeast Kingdom Community Action. As a Medicaid/Reach Up broker for the State of Vermont, RCT coordinates medical trips for Medicaid eligible residents and transportation for Reach Up programs. >> 802.748.8170 >> riderct.org

Hinesburg

  • Hinesburg Rides: is a volunteer-based transportation assistance program designed to address the wide range of needs of all Hinesburg residents, employees, and employers. Their program has three components; 1. Volunteer Driver Program, 2. Commuter Carpool Program, 3. Local Employer Transportation Program. >> hinesburg.org/hinesburg_rides.html

Rutland

  • MVRTD: Marble Valley Regional Transit District (MVRTD), generally known as ‘The Bus’ is the largest non-urban public transportation system in the State of Vermont. >> Contact: Jennifer Misencik >> 802.773.3244 >> thebus.com
    *Bicyclists are encouraged to use the bus as part of their commute. Many buses are outfitted with bike racks. If no bike rack is available, bicyclists can bring their bike on board with the driver’s permission.

Upper Valley

The Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire has a number of transit providers:

Chittenden County

  • CATMA: The Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) provides employees of its business member institutions (Champlain College, UVM Medical Center, UVM) with a confidential carpool matching service. A unique program coordinating carpools for those working on ‘The Hill’. >> 802.656.RIDE (7433) >>www.catmavt.org.
  • Neighbor Rides: is an initiative of United Way of Chittenden County that uses volunteer drivers to transport seniors and persons with disabilities to life-sustaining and life-enriching activities throughout Chittenden County. >> 802. 861.7833 >> http://www.unitedwaycc.org/Neighbor-Rides

Burlington

  • The Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) provides employees of its founding members — Champlain College, University of Vermont Medical Center and University of Vermont — access to their confidential carpool matching program. CATMA personally connects employees with carpoolers through their confidential database. >> 802.656.RIDE (7433) >> www.catmavt.org

Hinesburg

  • Hinesburg Rides is a volunteer-based transportation assistance program designed to address the wide range of needs of all Hinesburg residents, employees, and employers. Their program has three components; 1. Volunteer Driver Program, 2. Commuter Carpool Program, 3. Local Employer Transportation Program. >> www.hinesburg.org/hinesburg_rides.html

Rutland County

  • There are 8 official Park & Ride lots around Rutland County, making carpooling quick and convenient. Click on the link to see a map of every Park & Ride lot. >> 802.775.0871 >> rutlandrpc.org/transparkride.php