Walk to Shop is an innovative project designed to educate, encourage and incentivize Vermonters to walk to shop.  Working in partnership with several organizations, we’re encouraging at least 7-10 enthusiastic people within each of several market locations of greater Burlington to participate.

Grocery shopping is a task that is universal. For 90% of residents in the Queen City, they’re within a mere 1500 steps or short 15-minute walk of a market.

The Walk to Shop team offers coaching and support while working with partners and local markets/grocery stores to help inform and encourage Walk to Shoppers with discounts and incentives.

With most Vermonters vaccinated and many pining a more active lifestyle, this is an ideal time to advance a low carbon, fun and practical walking project celebrating walkers with a lightweight and maneuverable trolley that makes it easy to shop, do laundry, picnic or community garden.

For some, this may be the ideal opportunity to alter a lifelong car habit. Participating is a great way to save money and improve health, enjoy incentives, encouragement, support. Participants are finding it fun and enjoyable to use the colorful trolley!

Project coordinators plan is to place in use at least 100 shopping trolleys throughout Burlington by fall 2021 (and well on our way with 75 Walk to Shoppers as of July 31st) , evaluate their effectiveness and share lessons learned with interested villages and downtowns across Vermont.

This couple learn about the trolley’s feature from Phil Hammerslough of Walk to Shop. Making the walk to shop connection at the BTV Farmer’s Market, 7/31
“I love my trolley, its’s light as a feather!” Ann Outwater, Arbor Rd, So. Burlington
Two happy shoppers leave Jakes One Market, Burlington with their new shopping trolley, May 2021

Net Zero Vermont is pleased to partner with Old Spokes Home, AALV, Green Mountain Transit, AARP, Go! Vermont and others to help celebrate walkers, encourage others to participate including engagement of diverse and underserved populations of greater Burlington, VT.

Walking and grocery shopping can be made easy when using a pull-behind trolley.

Old Spokes Home and AALV will assist Net Zero Vermont staff ambassadors in development and design of effective marketing and communications strategies to attract and engage interested participants to use the trolleys and report back their experiences.

Events Calendar

Saturday, August 7th–Healthy Living Trolley Demonstration, Dorset Street, South Burlington from 10:00 am – 2 p.m.

Stay tuned for more dates and locations of upcoming demonstrations. If you are interested in hosting an event, please let us know.

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

How to get your trolley

BTV Pilot: Rolser model trolley

The last Walk to Shop demonstration at Healthy Living in Williston was a big success. We sold out of the available stock.

The good news is that we still have a supply of trolleys available at our warehouse. If you missed us and still want to participate, contact Stu or Phil at the numbers below.

Yes, you can participate in this exciting project and learn more how to purchase a trolley at a reduced cost of $35.00, contact Project Coordinators:

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

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

  • Reduced rates available for income sensitive individuals and households, available upon request by emailing Stu or Phil.

In the News

State-funded campaign offers Vermonters an easier walk to the grocery store

This project is made possible with seed funding from the 2020 Mobility & Transportation Innovation (MTI) grant through the VT Agency of Transportation and EcoStrategies, LLC and others including: AARP.

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