Bicycling Advocacy in New Hampshire

Bike-Walk Alliance of NH

"BWANH educates, advocates and agitates for
improved conditions for walking and biking statewide."

Visit the BWA-NH web site for more details

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

E-Bike and Rail Trail Legislation Moving Forward

The GSW is assisting the Bike-Walk Alliance of NH with inputs to new legislation to clarify e-bike categories and use while also supporting an updated NH rail trail plan. Together, these two bills will help cyclists (on e-bikes or not) have the opportunity to ride and explore more places “legally” as e-bikes will be known as not being “motor vehicles.” The Class 1, 2, and 3 e-bikes will be classified as “bicycles” under NH law while the “high-end” (over one HP and electrically driven speeds over 20 MPH) e-bikes will remain in the OHRV category. Meanwhile, the NH rail trail plan, last updated in 2005, seeks to update the rail trail inventory, define allowed usage, and create an economic impact study highlighting benefits of rail trails. More cyclists each year are seeking quieter and safer routes away from drunk, drugged, distracted, and deliberate motorists causing many crashes with very serious results. We feel the time has come for legislation to catch up with technology plus what is actually used and wanted by the bicycling community.

Stay tuned for additional updates. Please plan to support our efforts via email, calls, letters, and speaking at hearings when scheduled in Concord. You can join BWANH and receive monthly e-newsletters for timely updates on this topic and a lot more by visiting https://bwanh.org .

Submitted by Dave Topham, BWANH Board member, dave@bwanh.org

 Want to help the Bike-Walk Alliance of NH?

"BWANH educates, advocates and agitates for
improved conditions for walking and biking statewide."

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.

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! 

Save time, paper, and postage!  You may join BWANH or renew your sponsorship by viewing the “ Join-Us” page on our web site.  All major credit cards are accepted.  Each new BWANH membership comes with a complimentary one year GSW “electronic” membership if not already a GSW member.  In addition to supporting your state’s advocacy organization, you will enjoy discounts at GSW sponsoring shops, knowing about recreational rides, and having supplemental accident insurance when on GSW rides.  

Bike-Walk Alliance of NH
c/o National Safety 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.

BWANH Focus

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

BWANH 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!

For more information, email info@bwanh.org or call (603) 410-5848.

Note: It is prudent to use flashing bicycle tail lights and headlights both day and night.

Granite State Wheelmen