Discover the easy way to carry your groceries! Our stylish shopping trolley, priced affordably, is a safe and easy way to shop.

Walk to Shop is a project initiative to encourage more Vermonters to walk more often using their feet instead of a car to shop.

The benefits of walking are many, from improved health and the environment, to lowering transportation costs and car pollution too. Walking can be more convenient, avoids the frustration of traffic and the need to park.

About 90% of people who live in the Queen City (Burlington, VT), live within 1,500 steps or a short 15-minute walk of a market. While grocery shopping is a universal task, most people are in the habit of driving to the grocery store.

Walk to Shop is a solution to the 10 billion miles driven each year in the U.S. for car trips of less than a mile (EPA, 2019). With gas prices and inflation rising, why not consider walking more often?

Events

Wright House residents enjoy their new Walk to Shop trolleys, Shelburne, VT

Several upcoming Walk to Shop demonstrations and presentation are scheduled to educate resident students, seniors, New Americans and all Vermonters. Check back often as more events are added. Find us at the Burlington Farmer’s Market, Healthy Living, Dorset Street, So. Burlington and the Winooski Farmers Market to name a few.

SEPTEMBER

DEMO EVENTS & PRESENTATIONS

14 — 11 am — Allard Square, South Burlington

14 — 10:30 – 1:30 pm — UVM Employees Wellness Wednesday Gathering, Davis Center Green & Andrew Harris Commons

17 — 9 – 1 pm — Burlington Electric’s 1st Annual Net Zero Energy Festival (A Supercharged Day of Family Fun!) 585 Pine Street, Burlington

17 — 10 – 1 pm — Danville Energy Fair, Route 2 next to Marty’s Quick Stop

20 — 11 -12:30 pm GMT (7:00 am, EST)– Walk21, Dublin, Ireland–A Presentation–The Shopping Trolley Project: A Small Investment with a Big Impact

22 — 3 – 5 p.m. World Car Free Day–UVM student led event, leave your car at home, grab your trolley and participate in fun events in Burlington and beyond. Join Go! Vermont for free and begin tracking your green commute trips for incentives and rewards

October

6 — Noon, Faculty Staff Lunch & Learn, UVM Campus, TBD

8 — 9- 2 pm — Burlington Farmers Market

18 — 8 – 4 pm — CATMA Transportation Summit–w/1:45 pm Panel presentation Walk & Transit: Practical Connections, Irene Webster, AALV & Peggy O’Neill-Vivanco

How to Get Your Trolley

Trolleys can be purchase at the above scheduled events or by contacting a project coordinator below by email or phone.

Decide which size is right for you? They are a great value.

Get your Medium $40, and Large $50, plus tax. Both sizes are in stock.

The medium size with a 40 pound capacity is good for single or smaller families. The larger capacity trolley carries 50 pounds, ideal for families.

If you miss us and still want a trolley, contact Stu or Phil at the numbers below.

Project Team

Stuart Lindsay, stu@netzerovt.org, (802) 862-2980

Phil Hammerslough, phil@netzerovt.org, (802) 233-9143

Deb Sachs, deb@netzerovt.org, (802) 238-9807

Activities

Walk to Shop coordinators are ready to engage Vermonters at upcoming pop-up events hosted by local markets, community Farmers Markets and partner events. You’ll find us demonstrating the trolley, its features and walking routes and market locations shown on resource maps.

Look for our notices on Front Porch Forum and Facebook posts and our events calendar. These pop-up events are ideal to learn about the benefits and incentives to walk to shop. 

Maisie Melican and Maddie Rabidoux (LR), staff Walk to Shop’s Demo Day, Sunday, Winooski Farmers Market, Downtown

Two happy shoppers leave Jakes One Market, Burlington with their new shopping trolley.

Working Together to Improve Access

For some Vermonters, the only way to get groceries is to walk. Net Zero Vermont is collaborating with Vermont Clean Cities Coalition at the UVM Transportation Research Center, to elevate walking for purpose and to improve access to food and everyday chores like laundry.

The Walk to Shop team is available to consult with advocates and interested people.

Vermont Clean Cities Coalition staff are providing technical assistance, survey development, education, outreach and community engagement with community leaders and decision-makers.

Northern Tier Health Center (NOTCH), AALV, Cathedral Square SASH Coordinators, AARP-VT, are advancing Walk to Shop to their communities.

AALV appreciates the trolley as it helps its community to access neighborhood markets and services. We continue to collaborate with AALV staff, to advocate for sustainable transportation in small group demonstrations of the trolley, socials and listening sessions. AALV staff continue to distribute dozens more trolleys to interested clients who have limited transportation access to the store and laundromats.

Aisha Bitini, AALV Translator and
Front Desk Administrator takes the trolley for a test drive.

There are many reasons Walk to Shop is motivating advocates and Vermonters. The trolley enables a more active lifestyle. This is a tool to have fun practicing a low carbon lifestyle.

The stylish, lightweight and maneuverable trolley makes it safer and easier to shop, do laundry, picnic and garden.

For some, this is a good opportunity to alter a lifelong car habit. Participating is a great way to save money, improve health, enjoy incentives, encouragement, and feel support. More than 200 shopping trolleys are rolling on the streets of greater Burlington.

We appreciate feedback, positive and critical. Be sure to tell us about your experience. Your input is important as we listen and learn to improve. We look forward to sharing lessons learned, as more and more villages and towns adopt Walk to Shop across Vermont.

Partners Making A Difference

Community partners: AALV, NOTCH, Go! Vermont, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, Rutland Regional Planning Commission, Come Alive Outside, Tri-Valley Transit, Old Spokes Home, Green Mountain Transit, GMT’s JEDI committee, AARP-VT, Burlington Electric Department and others continue to play a vital roll, from spreading the word to increasing awareness, building capacity, offering sponsorships and celebrating our community of walkers.

Walk to Shop wouldn’t be where it is today without their help. We’re thankful for their guidance, and in listening, learning and engaging diverse and underserved populations of greater Burlington, VT. With their help, we are proud to continue looking for ways to mitigate the systemic inequities of our neighbors.

Many thanks to Chittenden Country Regional Planning Commission and Go! Vermont are providing critical resources and seed funding to advance this project. Northern Tier Center for Health, Old Spokes Home, AALV, and GMT, specifically, are collaborating with Net Zero Vermont staff coordinators to develop and design marketing and communications strategies that effectively meet people where they are at; to attract and engage interested participants to learn about the practice of walking for transportation, how to use the trolleys and to report back their experiences.

Happy Trolley Users

Last March, more than 20 Congolese women participated in a special event including tea, dinner and trolleys. The women, including some from three generations shared and learned about shopping with a trolley as part of a demonstration sponsored by Go! Vermont.

Many thanks to the staff, Irene Webster and Malyun Ali, for interpreting, each women engaged in learning more about ways to access groceries and services including the laundromat. Walk to Shop coordinators demonstrated how to use their new trolley. Twenty-eight women now enjoy their trolley thanks to VTrans MTI grant, Net Zero Vermont and AALV.

Many thanks to AALV for sponsoring this event; and to Kelly Duggan of Old Spokes Home for sharing information on how to get discounted bicycles and Bryan Davis, who is collecting input on active transportation in Chittenden County.

Nearly two dozen diverse speaking women from greater Burlington learn how to use their new shopping trolley at a special AALV and Walk to Shop sponsored event (2021)

Visit us often for more news, dates and locations of upcoming demonstrations. If you are interested in hosting an event, please let us know at info@netzerovt.org.

Thank you for your help. Spread the word and encourage your friends and others to walk to shop more often, too.

Supporting Community

Walk to Shop’s mission is to encourage more people to walk for purpose and to enjoy the many benefits of active mobility.

Our shared commitment is to develop transparent and transferable programming that improves transportation access, mobility independence and food security. Anyone who wants a trolley is afforded access regardless of financial ability.

Consider donating to Walk to Shop to help a neighbor and household get a trolley.

Every donation of $50 buys a trolley for a neighbor in need.

Consider becoming a project sponsor.

Your tax deductible donation to Net Zero Vermont, Inc. can be made here. Contact deb@netzerovt.org on ways to donate. Make requests for a demo or trolley by phone or email to Stu or Phil.

In the News

Can Dubliners Do Their Big Shops by Foot Instead of by Car?

How a trip to the Grocery Store can be a tool for Sustainability

Vermont Program Encourages Walking for Grocery Trips

Walk to Shop BED 2030 Podcast Interview

State-funded campaign offers Vermonters an easier walk to the grocery store June 3, 2021 Joel Banner Baird, Burlington Free Press

New Center Will Make City Walkable, 7-22-2021 The Other Paper

This active mobility, equity and food security project is made possible with seed funding from the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission and Go! Vermont and project sponsors.

Many thanks to project partners: Vermont Clean Cities Coalition and to project sponsors: Burlington Farmers Market, AllEarth Renewables, Burlington Electric Department and others.

This project was piloted in 2021 with seed funding from Go! Vermont’s 2020 Mobility & Transportation Innovation (MTI) grant, VT Agency of Transportation and EcoStrategies, LLC.

Contact us about becoming a corporate sponsor.

Learn more about how you can contribute by contacting deb@netzerovt.org or 802-238-9807.