All posts tagged Vermont

  • VT Cowboy / Smokeygang via Jungle Docs

    The latest from the boys back in Vermont, “VT cowboy / smokeygang” via my dude, Avery aka Jungle Docs. This Burlington, VT clip features the skateboarding of Mike Garret, John Pezzella, Sean Dillon, Tristan Nguyen, Johnny Cumaoglu and Natural Burke.

    If you enjoyed thisdo yourself a favor and check out more of Avery’s videos here.

    via my alter-ego, The Official Tissue.

  • Stateside

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    If you couldn’t tell from the lack of posts and content, I’ve been on a bit of a vacation. In the past, vacation to me has been a time to get a start on new projects and catch up on others that have been slightly neglected. This time around, I’ve been trying to relax as hard as possible and disconnect myself for a few weeks. I’ve been shooting film more than digital, reading books more than cruising the web and generally slowing things down while being home.

    Life in Shanghai can be hectic; the same goes for coming back to the states for a visit after living in China for two and a half years. For the past three weeks, I’ve been between Vermont and New Jersey just trying to take in the beauty surrounding me: nature, bicycles, skateboarding, yard work, chores and a plethora of other simple things I dearly miss as an expat in Shanghai. Anyway, just wanted to give a little update to you all and let you know I’m still alive.

    Hope everyone had a happy 4th and has been enjoying the summer riding!

  • Irreverent Road Ride 5.0

    Attention Vermont (& beyond): If you ride bikes in Vermont, you might have already heard about the Irreverent Road Ride. If not, I’ll let this video explain it for you.

    Mark those calendars for July 30th and come out for the toughest, most rugged dirt road ride in the country.

    More info on the ride at Short Handled Shovel.

    If only my travel plans had me stateside for this…I’ll just barely be missing it. After 10 months of nearly zero off-road riding, there’s nothing I’d like more than to have my ass kicked for 120 miles by VT dirt roads.

  • 2015 Vermont Bicycle Accident Map

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    It’s time to address the elephant in the room when it comes to cyclists and cars coexisting in Vermont. I’ve tried to avoid the topic for a while since it enrages me, but after so much talk about the road safety and the North Ave pilot project, I figured I’d weigh in on the subject briefly. As you may know, I no longer live in Vermont but still consider it home. I plan on moving back one day (sooner than later), and the quality of riding is a large factor in my yearning to repatriate to Vermont. While the riding and scenery is amazing, the coexistence between drivers and cyclists as of late both angers and confuses me. Vermont was one of the safest states to ride a bike in until last year…so what exactly happened?

    While the number of fatalities due to traffic accidents in Vermont has significantly decreased over the last few years, we sadly cannot say the same when it comes to cyclist and pedestrian fatalities.

    Throughout recent years, there has been quite the spike in cyclist/pedestrian deaths due to negligent drivers. In a state known for its beautiful scenery, peaceful roads and an abundance of cyclists, the increase in cyclist deaths recently is extremely alarming, for both cyclists like myself and other road users. From 2011 to 2014, there were ZERO cyclist fatalities among those involved in crashes. In 2015, there were four; in 2015 there were 12 deaths. What the hell is going on Vermont?

    Numbers don’t lie, and I don’t like the way they’re looking. Between 2014 and 2015, bicyclists involved in crashes jumped from 77 to 97. This sudden spike in cyclist’s deaths obviously sends a serious message about cars and bicycles co-existing and sharing roads. Aside from the 16 fatalities between 2014 and 2015, dating back to 2005 there was only 1 cyclist fatality in Vermont! This sudden spike is unacceptable.

    The part that really irks me about the whole situation is that it’s not like Vermont doesn’t have infrastructure catering to all road users. Sure, there are certainly roads with little shoulder room and some areas need some maintenance or attention (for example, the whole North Ave project); but the infrastructure hasn’t been to blame for any of the recent deaths, it’s driver’s negligence. In just 1 year, Vermont went from being the safest state for cycling to the most dangerous. Of the 4 cyclist deaths last year, 2 were caused by drunk driving and 1 was due to excessive speed. There is absolutely no excuse for this! Driving is a privilege, not a right. And in order keep that privilege you need to take responsibility for yourself, your passengers and other road users every time you get behind the wheel.

    Despite these deaths being the caused by the poor judgement of a few drivers, the state of Vermont is still taking steps towards making the roads safer. Take the North Ave project for example. It’s the pilot to the “complete streets” initiative created to improve the safety between bicycles, vehicles and pedestrians that share the same corridors and busy roads. The biggest change this initiative will bring is re-configuring busy 4-lane roads  into 2-lane roads with a proper bicycle lane on each side and a turning lane in the center.

    If you’re a cyclist in Vermont and can shed some better light on the subject, I’d love to hear from you.

    Map provided by Schneider & Palcsik – Vermont Personal Injury Attorneys

  • Bike Magazine: Vermont’s Kingdom Trails – East Burke

    Here’s a really solid piece from Bike Magazine on the Kingdom Trails out in East Burke, VT. If you couldn’t tell, Vermont’s been on my mind quite a bit lately; and this video evokes equal doses of homesickness and summer stoke.

    The Kingdom Trail system is not only an amazing network of trails ranging in technicality and terrain, the trails also span the land of 60 private landowners, all of whom have given permission to the Kingdom Trails Association for use. That’s a tight-knit and special community if you ask me.

  • Budnitz Bicycles: Summit To Sunset

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    I’ve always wanted to rip a fat bike down some corduroy. With the recent snowstorm that’s hit the east coast, a few friends of mine came together to realize the same dream that many of us share.

    Here’s a couple shots of Adam Morse ripping a Budnitz fat bike, shot by Dan Cardon. Be sure to head on over to Budnitz and check out the full photo series.


  • Flashbacks: The Worble – Skateboarding In Snow

    I know I’ve been posting a lot more skateboarding related stuff recently…reason being, it’s what I’m surrounded with out here in Shanghai. I don’t really have easy access to amazing riding like I did back in Vermont. There’s definitely a trade-off to being here though; every single square inch of this city is made for skating! All kinds of pros and teams come through Shanghai every Fall and Spring to experience this concrete playground. So, I’m spoiled in regards to the skating.

    Even though I live among some of the world’s best ledges and most unique spots in the world, I still get homesick and find myself missing the east coast crust I’m used to; I’m sure part of the reason I’ve been so homesick lately is due to the Andy “A Dog” Williams Memorial Skatepark that just opened in Burlington.

    While I won’t be making it home for the holidays this year, I’d like to share this classic from The Worble, Skateboarding In Snow.

    PS. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Andy “A-Dog” Williams Memorial Waterfront Skatepark – Burlington, Vermont

    Man, I can’t even believe this has happened! After 7 years of living in Vermont and feeling like a new skatepark on the waterfront was simply a pipe dream (no pun), it’s finally happened. A bunch of my friends were out there during the soft opening that went down on Monday morning. Here’s a quick drone shot from Ben Colbourn.