Bicycling Advocacy in New Hampshire

Bike-Walk Alliance of NH Update - April, 2016

"A Voice for New Hampshire's Bicyclists and Pedestrians"

Visit the BWA-NH web site for more details

BWA-NH is now on Facebook and Twitter
see  www.bwanh.org  to get started!

BWANH and GSW members we have organized opportunities for you to meet with your representatives to talk about Complete Streets – the idea that we should design the right-of-way to meet the transportation needs of all ages and all abilities. These events will include a bike ride. You depend on BWANH to bring change to NH policy and infrastructure. BWANH depends on you to make these events a success. More details will come in emails and Facebook posts, but the schedule is:

Friday May 6 – Southern NH Planning Commission ( Manchester)

Friday May 13 - Nashua Regional Planning Commission ( Nashua)

Friday May 20 - Southwest Region Planning Commission (Keene)

Friday June 3 – Central NH Regional Planning Commission ( Concord)

Friday June 17 – North Country Council ( North Conway)

Friday June 24 – Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission
( Lebanon)

Friday July 8 – Rockingham Planning Commission ( Portsmouth)

Friday July 15 – Lakes Region Planning Commission (Meredith)

Friday July 22 – Strafford Regional Planning Commission ( Rochester)

SB364 – the Complete Streets Study Committee Bill. At the hearing March 30 th all the testimony was in favor. Thank you Representative Linda Gould for speaking in favor. Thanks also to Senator Regina Birdsell for being the prime sponsor of the bill. Also speaking in favor was AARP, Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, and BWANH. Questions from the committee were intelligent and revealed a real need to provide more education to the legislature making the events listed above that much more critical.

BWANH requested support from our federal delegation at the National Bike Summit. The main request was to support the PHIT Act (HR 1218 and S 2218). This Act would allow people using Flexible Spending Accounts or Health Savings Accounts to spend up to $1000 per person or $2000 per family on physical fitness equipment & activities. It costs far less to keep us healthy than to cure illnesses. Senator Ayotte has already signed on as a co-sponsor! We believe Senator Shaheen and Representative Kuster will also sign on. Please contact your federal elected officials to thank them or ask them for their support.

Education is also an area where you look to BWANH to lead. Our education coordinator Leslie Thompson has over 40 schools (over 3000 students) signed up to participate in bicycle safety education this spring. We run this program in cooperation with NHDOT and thank John Corrigan for his support and patience as we ramp up this program. Thank you also to the many BWANH members who took the training to become instructors and are delivering these classes. We are looking for additional instructors. Please contact leslie@bwanh.org if you are interested.

In adult education Paula Bedard is leading a TS101 class for Dartmouth College. She is being assisted by LCI’s Michael Hurst and Bruce Lierman with additional support from newly minted LCI’s Bernie Fournier and Tim Blagden. If you are interested in taking a class email Leslie.

Please check out the new BWANH website. We fixed a terrible problem with membership signups and apologize to everyone who experienced difficulty with our previous system.

We have launched a major membership campaign with hang tags in bike stores and rack cards in many locations. Please encourage anyone you know who bikes, walks or runs to join BWANH. Our financial security and our political voice depend on a strong membership.

Please join us on June 26 th for a family friendly event, Bike to the Fisher Cats! For the low cost of $12 you will get a bike ride, a chance to win a Trek Hybrid bike donated by Goodale’s of Nashua and the entertainment of a Fisher Cats Baseball game. Tickets can be purchased on our website http://www.bwanh.org/events/bwanh-day-at-the-fisher-cats/

I look forward to biking with you this season.

Best Regards,
Tim Blagden, BWA-NH Executive Director
tim@bwanh.org

Bike-Walk Alliance of NH
c/o Safety & Health Council of Northern NE
2 Whitney Road, Suite 11
Concord , NH 03301-1844

From Interstate Route 93:

From Interstate 93 Northbound
From I-93 heading north, take exit 17 (Penacook/Boscawen Exit). At the top of the exit ramp, merge right onto US 4 west. Proceed 1/2 mile and turn left at the Mobil station onto Whitney Road. The entrance to the office is on the right, and designated by a large granite post with a "2". Enter the facility through the main entrance. 

From Interstate 93 Southbound
From I-93 heading south, take exit 17. At the top of the exit ramp, merge right onto US 4 west. Proceed a few hundred yards and turn left at the Mobil station onto Whitney Road. The entrance to the office is on the right, and designated by a large granite post with a "2". Enter the facility through the main entrance.

Note: For those arriving by bicycle, Concord Crossing is 3 miles southeast from the southern terminus of the Northern Rail Trail at the Jamie Welch Memorial Field.

Want to help the Bike-Walk Alliance?

Join the Alliance as an individual or a sponsor, help with the bike-ed programs, and get involved with local planning issues affecting bicycling in your area. The more people who know what is going on in our NH bicycling community, the sooner the better, then everyone can express their opinions in a timely manner to help make a positive difference for all bicyclists.

On-Line payments now accepted via BWA-NH web site!

Save time, paper, and postage! You may now join BWANH or renew your sponsorship by viewing the “ Join-Us” page. All major credit cards are accepted. Thanks to a generous offer from GSW each BWANH membership comes with a complimentary one year membership in GSW along with electronic delivery of Pedal Talk. In addition to supporting your state’s advocacy organization you will enjoy discounts at sponsoring shops, knowing about recreational rides, and having supplemental accident insurance.

Looking Ahead: We encourage all interested parties to speak up in favor of improved bike-ped policies, education, and facilities. Participate! Visit the Advocacy section of the www.BWANH.org website to learn how to become an effective advocate. Join your local planning board. Join the TAC (Transportation Advisory Committee) and represent your town at the regional planning commission.

Together we can make a positive difference!



BWA-NH Focus

The Bike- Walk Alliance of NH is the only statewide advocacy group for bicyclist and pedestrian activities including legislation, safety and education programs.

BWA-NH Goals

To be the voice for bicyclist and pedestrians in New Hampshire.

To promote bicyclist and pedestrian safety, education, and access.

To ensure streets are bicyclist and pedestrian friendly.

To provide resources and support for bicyclist and pedestrians of all ages.

To act as a clearinghouse for bike/ped literature, resources, and curriculum.

To promote bicycling and walking as a means of transport, physical activity and exercise.

To be a statewide liaison for all bicycling and pedestrian organizations.

Walking and bicycling instead of taking short trips in the car improves air quality, increases rates of physical activity, and may help people to maintain a healthy weight.

Making bicycling and walking safer and easily accessible to more people, may reduce the burden of chronic disease and injury and improve the health of NewHampshire citizens. Please check this advocacy page frequently as new developments and announcements will be posted here even if not in our newsletter. Time and space contraints prevent everything from appearing in print. Use of this web site to convey detailed information in a timely manner for those interested seems like a good idea to us, and we hope you agree. As always, comments are welcome!

Granite State Wheelmen