== Bike-Walk Alliance of NH ==
-- with thanks from BWA-NH
New Hampshire Department of Transportation
The BWA-NH wishes
to express thanks to Tom Jameson and Jerry Moore of the NH Department of Transportation
Bicycle-Pedestrian Program for their continued moral support to help the BWA-NH
become a reality. As a new (in late 2004) bicycling advocacy organization in
New Hampshire, having their encouragement to help us see the "big picture"
and make connections with other state agencies has been invaluable. We look
forward to many great years ahead on many bicycling projects with the continued
support of the folks at NH
DOT including Larry Keniston, the new Bike-Ped Coordinator as of March 27,
New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development
(DRED) includes the
Division of Parks and Recreation, the Bureau of Trails, and the Office of Travel
and Tourism. BWA-NH has established a good working relationship with these offices
to promote bike-ped activities and interests on rail trails, hiking trails,
and publicity for the state to attract more tourists. In early 2009, the BWA-NH
Rail Trail Alliance division was accepted as a voting member on the Statewide
Trails Advisory Committee.
New Hampshire Department of Safety, Department of Motor Vehicles
Starting with an
introduction by NH DOT in 2003, the founders of the BWA-NH developed some excellent
contacts in the NH
DOS/DMV with the results being displayed during 2004. The NH Drivers Manual
section on bicycling was updated and 25 bicycling-related questions were added
to the computerized drivers exam database. In April 2004, the NH DOT, NH DOS,
and the GSW assembled and presented a PowerPoint slide show at the Tri-State
Transportation Safety Conference in Concord. On the same day, the first-ever
NH Bike Summit was held as a follow-on event. Hearing and seeing what our neighboring
states have been doing for cycling by working with their state-wide bicycling
advocacy groups helped us solidify the concept of creating the BWA-NH. Special
thanks must go to Officer Bill Whitcher, Officer Russ Bailey, and Director Virginia
Beecher of the NH DOS/DMV and Lou Barker of the NH DOT for helping us pull everything
together in 2004.
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
from the NH
DHHS serve on the Bike-Ped Education Outreach Committee and have been very
helpful toward promoting the goals of the BWA-NH. In addition to direct committee
projects, Regina Flynn and Stacey Smith invited the BWA-NH to attend several
informative satellite broadcasts of bike-ped support topics and arranged meeting
space for the committee meetings in their DHHS building. We wish to thank Regina,
Stacey, and others within the DHHS for their on-going support.
Seacoast Area Bike Routes
The Bicycle and
Pedestrian Transportation Advisory Board under NH DOT was chaired by Scott Bogle
of the Seacoast Area Bike Routes (SABR)
advocacy organization in Exeter. Scott not only did a great job directing the
committee but he has been an active advocate of BWA-NH goals for years. Scott's
involvement has been very productive along with SABR's leaders, Cameron Wake
and Josh Pirece. Via the BWA-NH, the accomplishments of SABR will be publicized
and enhanced for the benefit of all communities in New Hampshire.
Web site design
In an effort to
start fulfilling the original goals of the BWA-NH at minimal cost, this web
site design was "borrowed" from our friends of the Massachusetts Bicycle
Coalition (MassBike). We
wish to publically thank them for allowing us to copy some of their web site
layout. We may have a whole new web site the BWA-NH once time and funding are
available. If error or broken links are found, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And more credits to come soon!
Thanks to everyone who has been so supportive during these early years of the BWA-NH. We see a lot to do and have many ideas. We celebrate our fifth anniversary in 2009 and are now a certified 501(c)(3) organization. As we continue having the support of many organizations and develop sponsorships, we should be able to accomplish many good things for the NH bicycling and pedestrian community.