Community Involvement VBT Supports Bike/Ped Advocacy Nationwide

It goes without saying that VBT advocates bicycling and walking all around the world. We’re also keenly aware of the need to encourage more biking and walking right here at home. But increasing the number of walkers and bicyclists will require better infrastructure and policies that encourage such active lifestyles. That’s why we support organizations that grow and strengthen the bicycle and pedestrian advocacy movement like The Alliance for Biking & Walking.

VBT and the Alliance: A Partnership For Better Biking and Walking
“These days, we’re all trying to incorporate healhful habits into our lifestyles, and of course exercise is one of them,” says Gregg Marston, President of VBT.

That’s why VBT is supporting the Alliance for Biking & Walking, the coalition of more than 170 local and state bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations. The Alliance works to create, strengthen and unite bike/ped advocacy leaders across North American and VBT is helping in that important effort by sponsoring the 2011 Winning Campaign Trainings series.

Each Winning Campaigns Training gives novice and veteran advocates the information, skills, and tools they need to identify, organize, and plan powerful campaigns to increase biking and walking in their communities. The interactive workshops are led by longtime advocates and experts, and are designed to foster collaboration and connection among advocates at all levels. This year alone, VBT is sponsoring trainings in Davenport, Iowa; Seattle, Washington; Lansing, Michigan; Los Angeles, California; and Columbia, South Carolina. If you want to make your community safer and more enjoyable for biking and walking, register for an upcoming training in your area!

But that’s not all VBT is doing. Marston is encouraging support for the Alliance for Biking & Walking by offering a $200 discount on select VBT vacations to any member of any Alliance organization — and anyone who donates to the Alliance’s 15 anniversary fundraising campaign. To make your contribution, visit Learn more about the Alliance and find your local advocacy organization at


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The Whoopie Pie is Maine’s Official State Treat

Since early spring of 2011, a light-hearted legal debate has been going on in the state of Maine over the unlikeliest of causes: The Whoopie Pie.  Fortunately, both the Boston Globe and freelance writer, Nancy Griffin, have been following developments every step of the way.

On April 20, 2011, a bill was introduced to Maine’s state legislature that designates the Whoopie Pie as Maine’s Official State Treat.  In a noteworthy display of bipartisanism, the bill deems Blueberry Pie the official state dessert.

Whoopies, however, don’t share the same wholesome and clear-cut image that the blueberry pie has historically maintained.  The Whoopie Pie, which is actually made by sandwiching frosting between two cakes, has a much more controversial past than one would assume a confection could claim.  Though Maine has adopted the treat as its own, there remains a dedicated opposition in Pennsylvania, who feels that the state of Maine is stealing their invention. Compounding the contention, Massachusetts has also asserted ownership of the illusive indulgence.  The Whoopie Pie’s origin, however, has yet to be decisively proven.

Regardless of its genuine home state, there is no doubt that the Whoopie Pie is deeply rooted in Maine’s cultural history.  Recipes have been handed down over generations and the delicious concoction of cake and frosting can be found in bakeries all across “Vacationland,” just waiting to be shared and enjoyed.  Treat yourself to our Maine Coast: Purely Acadia vacation, and sample all the Whoopie Pies you can eat as we take in historic lighthouses and breathtaking coastlines, burning off a few tasty calories along the way.