49. Winning the War on Cars in Rural America

By September 29, 2020 Uncategorized

Dave Cohen of VBike Solutions

Reducing automobile dependence in America’s suburbs, small towns, and rural places is a daunting task. But a tiny non-profit organization in Brattleboro, Vermont is offering a glimpse of how it might be done. Launched in 2010 by bike advocacy legend and psychotherapist Dave Cohen, VBike Solutions is fomenting an electric-assist bicycle revolution in the Green Mountain State. Forging partnerships with state government, electric utilities, financial institutions and local bike shops, VBike is making e-bikes more accessible, affordable and just plain normal. Dave calls it “car reduction therapy for Vermonters.” And as War on Cars co-host Aaron Naparstek discovered while playing softball in Brattleboro this summer, it seems like it’s working. Plus: Vermont’s state bird makes a cameo!

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Learn more about Dave Cohen and his organization VBike Solutions: Car reduction therapy for Vermonters

Brattleboro-Based VBike Is ‘Rebooting The Bike’ With Electric Assistance via Vermont Public Radio

Dig in to the State of Vermont’s Renewable Energy Standard

More on Green Mountain Power’s electric bike rebate program

This episode was produced by Aaron Naparstek. Editing, sound design and additional production by Ali Lemer. Our music is by Nathaniel Goodyear. Our logo is by Dani Finkel of Crucial D Design.

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