When you're driving, how closely do you pay attention to the shoulders of the road? Cyclists and pedestrians are generally aware of how vulnerable they are in traffic, but distracted drivers can forget to be on the lookout.

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It has been a deadly year for bicyclists and motorcyclists in Vermont. In the past 10 years, one bicyclist was killed in Vermont. But already in 2015, there have been four bicycle-related fatalities.

In addition, on average, roughly nine motorcyclists are killed every year. The state has already reached that number in the first eight months of this year.

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Summer is a great time to get on the bike. From new technology and gear, to ever-present concerns about safety, on the next Vermont Edition, we get an earful from cyclists who take to paved roads, back roads and mountain trails throughout the state. We talk with Emily Boedecker, executive director of Local Motion, which advocates for bike access and helps people get into the sport of cycling.

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Bicycle riders will gather at Montpelier City Hall plaza on Tuesday to hear a formal mayoral announcement at 5:15 p.m., followed by a community bike ride. According to the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition, the mayor will announce the city's new status as a League of American Bicyclists-designated Bicycle Friendly Community: