In Burlington, Vermont, a growing interest in cycling is reducing traffic, creating jobs, and improving residents' quality of life.
By late October snow and ice pound down along Burlington, Vermont’s roadways from the nearby Green Mountains, while wind knifes up from Lake Champlain, not letting up until May. Burlington’s 39,000 hearty souls are better known for rocking out for hours in flannels and Tims at Phish concerts than pedaling from point to point. No matter. Bicycles have become a local vehicle of choice even when winter storms make the plowed roads impassable. For some, like University of Vermont student Christine Hill, big drifts just mean fatter tires and more layers of clothes.