== Bike-Walk Alliance of NH ==
May 2010: National Bike/Walk to Work month and NH Commute Green promotion
you bike or walk in New Hampshire, there is something on this Bike-Walk Alliance
of NH web site that should be of interest to you! There is so much activity
here in the Granite State involving biking and walking it is difficult to
write about all of it. However, let's get started!
Hampshire has been rated as the sixth most "Bicycle Friendly State"
in the country for 2010 by the League of American Bicyclists! The ranking
system started in 2008 when NH was rated as #10. In 2009, the rating went
up to #8, and now we are at #6. The top five states for 2010 are Washington,
Wisconsin, Maine, Minnesota, and Oregon. For a listing of all states and comparisons
to prior years, click here.
For complete details about the BFS program, please
visit the LAB web site.
NH Commute Green promotion
The Bike/Walk to Work Day initiative as started in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists has expanded into a month-long program nationally. Here in New Hampshire, BWA-NH has partnered with NH-DOT to also promote "green" transportation in an effort to reduce the number of single occupancy cars on our roads. The NH Commute Green promotion from May 15 to June 25 incorporates local bike/walk to work events on May 21, many public transit options, and a series of statewide bicycling awareness rides. Together, these events and services are intended to help promote a healthier lifestyle, fewer cars on the road, highlight safer interactions between bicyclists and motorists, and showcase some of the fantastic sights, rail trails, and roads via bicycling.
see the NH Commute Green page
on this web site for the complete schedule of events, and be sure to register
for a drawing to be held on June 30. Top prize is an overnight for two plus
breakfast at the Omni Mount Washington Valley Resort.
Rail Trails make headline news
long-planned Salem to Concord Bikeway received a major boost via a $1.272M
grant from the Transportation Enhancement program. The communities of Derry,
Windham, and Salem will be able to build a paved rail trail connecting to
the existing and well-used trails in Derry and Windham. See recent
newspaper article for details. BWA-NH is pleased to have helped coordinate
the many months of proposals, meetings, and paperwork which resulted in the
grant being awarded. With only $6.4M available to the entire state for two
years and serious competition for that money, being awarded nearly $1.3M is
a major victory. Details will be forthcoming soon.
de Forts" on May 16, 2010
partnered with Great Bay Services in Newington to offer a unique biking and
walking tour along the shorelines of New Castle, Portsmouth, and Kittery to
explore the old forts and enjoy scenic views of the waterfront. Please see
the Tour de Forts page
for a review of this fantastic day on the seacoast!
from last month in case you missed it!
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Distracted driving continues to make headline news around the country. The US House of Representatives passed a resolution on March 23 declaring May as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Whether caused by talking or texting on cell phones or other distractions within the car when driving, the resulting crashes are taking a tremendous toll on many people with the most vulnerable road users, bicyclists and pedestrians, always faring the worst. Check out our distracted driving page for more information.
BWA-NH is investigating the use of a Distracted Driving Simulator which might just make a positive difference here in NH. This product focuses on behaviors and their consequences versus typical driver training simulators. Several organizations are checking out this product from Virtual Driver Interactive which could be used by various groups in different venues. Funding from multiple sources is also being explored. We should know within a few weeks if this idea will gain traction here in NH.
US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood declares "sea change" regarding bicycling
At the National Bike Summit hosted by the League of American Bicyclists in DC, on March 10 US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood was a keynote speaker and declared bicycling to be an important factor for all state departments of transportation to recognize and accommodate. The official US Department of Transportation policy statement was announced on March 15. Since then various pundits have found fault with the policy based on their car-centric attitudes. The LAB and other national bike-ped organizations are attempting to prove that bicycling, while not for everyone, is a viable method of transportation and should be accommodated by the infrastructure. For relatively little investment, the return for the states, communities, health, less pollution, and saving fuel can be very significant. BWA-NH urges all bicyclists to write to their governor requesting their state Department of Transportation complies with this national policy statement. A simple, on-line letter can be drafted and sent via this link to the LAB web site.
NH Rail Trails Coalition making progress
This statewide organization comprised of some 22 individual rail trail groups has been working with NH-DOT, NH-DRED Bureau of Trails, and local organizations to promote the development of connected rail trails within NH. The most recent development involves Londonderry Trailways, Manchester Moves, and the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in determining how to route the Manchester to Lawrence corridor around the airport. With local leadership from Londonderry, a walking tour along the perimeter of the airport was conducted on March 27. The proposed route will be formally presented to the airport and NH-DOT (owner of the corridor) in April. The route around to airport, and potentially connecting to the terminal, is a key link in the Salem to Manchester rail trail, that being part of the NH-DOT Salem to Concord Bikeway as proposed in 2003. The NH-RTC has proposed including this project in the overall Granite State Rail Trail which someday could have connectivity to many areas of the state beyond the immediate Salem to Manchester communities. BWA-NH is helping to facilitate NH-RTC and the individual rail trail organizations see this concept become a reality.
May 15, a ribbon cutting ceremony in Lakeport will official open a new one-mile
segment of the WOW Trail along the westerly shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. Issues
concerning insurance, rail-with-trail liability, and a fence seemingly required
to separate future trail segments from the track used by a scenic railroad
have yet to be resolved.
Check out New Hampshire via this YouTube parody
The "Granite State of Mind" video of almost five minutes gives an entertaining look at the many regions of NH and some history as well. It starts in black and white then changes to color toward the end. And while not bike-ped related, the scenes depicted are typical of what we see when cycling through this beautiful state. So when you have five minutes to spare, click and have fun!
Prior news from March 2010:
at LAB National Bike Summit, March 9-11
Linda Gould, BWA-NH Executive Director, and Josh Sattely, our Legal Council, attended the 10th annual Bike Summit in Washington DC along with Bill Kennedy, the GSW President, and over 700 bicycling advocates from around the country. Linda arranged meetings with our NH Congressmen and staff personnel to help push favorable legislation. US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood was a keynote speaker and declared bicycling to be an important factor for all state departments of transportation to recognize and accommodate. For more details about the summit, visit the LAB web site.
While the Bike Summit schedule was hectic, there was a little time for photos. Linda and Bill are shown in the pedicab while Josh joined them for a group shot.
prepare for more bicycling education in 2010
Bicycling education in many NH public schools continued in 2009. In just the Rundlett Middle School, Concord NH, nearly 1,000 students in grades 6-8 participated in the training provided by BWA-NH under a Concord Safe Routes to School program. The goal is to have sustainable bike-ed in the schools via the staff incorporating this training into every school year. The benefits of children learning to handle bicycles as vehicles will help them become better motorists, and as motorists they will be interact better with younger trained cyclists on our shared roadways. To help make this happen, BWA-NH started a "Train the Trainers" program which follows the guidelines of the League of American Bicyclists. A pilot program was held in Hopkinton during April and May 2009 and a second is now underway in Concord.
help incorporate this program on a statewide basis and with full LAB support,
BWA-NH applied for and received a Safe
Routes to School grant for $42,000.00. Currently certified LAB cycling
instructors (LCIs) must take additional training to become Master LCIs to
"Train the Trainers". In addition, the national bike-ed program
as created by the LAB and the National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA)
must be implemented with the support of a local bicycle dealer who is a NBDA
member. BWA-NH is very pleased to work with S&W Sports in Concord to fulfill
this requirement and roll out the program. Shop owner Tim Farmer has been
extremely helpful with many community-based bicycling programs. This new "TTT"
program will allow not only his staff to become LAB certified Youth or Skills
Cycling Instructors but the shop and BWA-NH will be able to reach schools,
other organizations, and the public. Plans are underway for current NH LCIs
to attain the additional training for the Master level. Once all factors are
in place, the "TTT" program for the schools will be offered at no
cost to train the staff in standardized and sustainable bicycling education
principles for them to implement annually for their students. Many schools
have already asked for this training so BWA-NH is not forcing this program
upon them. Awareness, training, compliance, and enforcement together will
make our shared roadways safer and more enjoyable when motorists and bicyclists
interact properly by following the rules of the road. To learn more about
the LAB bike-ed programs, please
visit their web site.
The "3 Foot Rule" is one of the laws stressed during all training sessions conducted by BWA-NH, schools, bike shops, Department of Motor Vehicles, Police Academy (PSTC), and driver training instructors. To help make more people aware of this law, BWA-NH has a new jersey and bumper stickers to go with the "3 Feet Please" T-shirts that were made available in 2009. For the jerseys and T-shirts, please see the merchandise page on this web site to order any item.
trail development and planning continues
Federal grant applications, local fundraisers, hearings with town and state officials, and increased public support for rail trails as transportation corridors have kept many BWA-NH members and the NH Rail Trail Coalition very busy. The Salem-Concord Bikeway plan as approved by NH-DOT in 2003 has seen a lot of activity along the Salem-Manchester section. The Southern NH Rail Trail Alliance, presently comprised of Salem, Windham, and Derry with Londonderry and Manchester expected to join soon, has a Federal Transportation Enhancement grant in play for nearly $1.3M to complete sections of the M&L corridor in the three towns. A critical presentation to the statewide TE Advisory Committee is scheduled for March 15. This project follows NH-DOT's guidelines of the 2003 "Rizzo Study" for the Salem to Concord Bikeway as part of the I-93 expansion. As a true transportation corridor serving three of the four largest communities in the state, SNHRTA feels the time is right to make the rail trail become a reality beyond the privately-built sections now in use. For details please visit the SNHRTA web site.
support for the SNHRTA project is well represented in a blog created by
Carol Robidoux, the Derry reporter for the Manchester Union Leader, who did
the story on the rail trail in October 2009. Check out her blog at www.derryinklink.com
where she posted her story and photos on November 2, 2009.
National Bike Summit, March 9-11, 2010
annual League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Summit in Washington,
DC will have at least three representatives from NH attending. Linda Gould,
BWA-NH Executive Director, is the NH coordinator and has scheduled visits
with our Congressmen as part of the intense three-day summit. This will be
Linda's third year of representing BWA-NH at the Bike Summit. Joshua Sattely,
BWA-NH Legal Council, will be attending for the first time. And from the Granite
State Wheelmen, President Bill Kennedy will attend for his third year. For
more info, visit
the LAB web site.
"Commute Green NH" program, May 15 to June 25.
Many new ideas and plans are underway for the 2010 "Commute Green NH" six-week program. See the Commute Green page for details.
Distracted drivers: a bicyclist's biggest risk?
Multiple nationwide studies have proven that using a cell phone while driving effectively impairs the driver to a level greater than the legal limit for a DWI conviction. That applies to simple voice calls while, for most users, texting while driving provokes a higher level of distraction thus an even greater risk to other road users, bicyclists and pedestrians in particular. Currently the new NH law banning texting while driving is viewed as a joke by many NH residents, drivers in many states, and it even made Associated Press headlines on January 2, 2010. One resident of Warner, NH stated she has no intention to stop texting while driving, despite the $100 fine she could receive. Her comment: "I'd better start saving my money." More details are provided on the Distracted Driver page.
line, "distracted drivers" seem to be the biggest hazard bicyclists
encounter on the roads these days. What can we do to address this issue? How
about if some of those people who believe they can multi-task so efficiently
that the texting-while-driving ban does not apply to them, be given public
tests in a driving simulator alternately using and not using a cell phone,
voice and/or texting. If given some publicity via the media, maybe the reasons
behind the nearly unenforceable law would make sense to the present non-believers.
A demonstration booth in a large mall would be sure to attract a lot of attention.
None of us want to be "taken out" by a distracted driver. There
are certainly many ways to be distracted other than by cell phone calls and
texting but that appears to be a leading factor these days. Remember, you
could be the next victim.
of interest from prior months follows -- just in case you missed it!
Motorist cited in violation of the "3-Foot Rule"
an investigation of over two months by the Concord Police Department, the
motorist who hit commuter cyclist Susanne Kibler-Hacker on October 15, 2009
was ticketed for failure to exercise due care and violation of the "3-Foot
Rule" as enacted on January 1, 2009. The case was closed before Christmas
and was not publicized. Additional details are not presently known but a summary
appeared in the Concord Monitor on January 8, 2010. While recognition of the
"3-Foot Rule" is appreciated, given the life-threatening injuries
sustained by Susanne who, by all accounts, was cycling properly on her way
to work, two tickets and maybe a couple hundred dollars in fines does not
seem like much of a penalty. We need to publicize that such crashes must be
avoided and motorists must obey the "3-Foot Rule." More publicity
about the results of this investigation and stricter enforcement of the "3
Foot Rule" without involving crashes and injuries is needed to make New
Hampshire safer for bicyclists using our shared roadways. BWA-NH will continue
pursuing these goals.
questions remain about this crash and the high threat from distracted drivers,
cell phone use in particular. Please see the Distracted
Driver page for details.
Rail trails still in the news
the Berlin Reporter:
As of January 11, a controversial proposal by the NH Bureau of Trails to open about a mile on the east end of the 20-mile-long state-owned Presidential Rail Trail to summertime use by ATVs and trail bikes has been withdrawn, for at least a year, said Trails Bureau Chief Chris Gamache in a Monday afternoon telephone interview. Businesses in Gorham requested the state's help in finding a route that would bring ATV enthusiasts to their doors, he explained, noting that the Gorham have been notified. Area residents, particularly those in Randolph, were opposed to the idea of opening up any part of the former Boston and Maine Railroad roadbed up to any summertime motorized use until the entire route, from Gorham to Whitefield, could be scoped out and a master plan adopted.
"We don't have the time or the resources to pursue the idea at this time," Mr. Gamache. "We've been working with other landowners to try to get a satisfactory route in place." Those against allowing ATVs on the rail trail in non-snowmobile seasons have used local newspapers to express their opposition whereas those in favor mostly business owners have shipped their comments directly to Bureau headquarters in Concord. "We feel some obligation to help provide routes for ATV riders who come to Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin to get to local services," said Bureau Chief Gamache.
A "Friends of the Presidential Rail Trail" organization is being formed, and its leaders have pledged to work in positive ways with the state agency, he added. (Note: The "Friends" organization is a member of the NH Rail Trails Coalition, which in turn is affiliated with BWA-NH.)
along the M&L corridor:
After an informative tour of the Manchester & Lawrence corridor between Salem, Windham, and Derry on July 22, BWA-NH organized a tour from Derry through Londonderry to Manchester on October 28. Representatives from all related rail trail groups, the communities, newspapers, and NH DOT Bike-Ped Office explored the completed, undeveloped, and problematic sections by bike, foot, and caravan on a very rainy day - but that was the only day key players were to be available. An important mid-tour meeting was conducted at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport with the focus being on how the off-road trail could be routed past the airport. Several ideas were proposed and are subject to further review.
An excellent summary was printed in the NH Union Leader the next day. One highlight of the tour was meeting with the Assistant Director of the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Richard Fixler. A follow-up meeting hosted by the Londonderry Trailways on December 3 led to more detailed ideas which will be reviewed with both the airport management and NH-DOT, the owner of much of the old M&L rail corridor.
A group of rail trail advocates from each community will work together under the name of the Southern NH Rail Trail Alliance. Focus will be on the M&L corridor and then on to Concord with NH-DOT 2003 Rizzo Salem-Concord Bikeway study being a key reference. Some findings of the October 28 "M&L-North Tour" will be found on the Rail Trails page. BWA-NH is pleased to help facilitate discussion and action on this project which is far more than a recreational trail. Transportation along New Hampshire's major north-south highways (Routes 93 and 28) with connections to Park and Ride locations and densely populated communities make this a very important rail trail.
informational tour of the Derry and Windham Rail Trails by their respective
groups was conducted on October
31 for a NH Union Leader reporter, Carol Robidoux. Her article which appeared
on November 2 and some photos are
In the Lakes Region, the issue of proposed "Rail with Trail" along the WOW Trail remains hung-up in the legislative Study Committee thanks to liability and insurance concerns. Four meetings of the Study Committee in November, attended by BWA-NH members, included much testimony but only seemed to prompt more questions. At last report, the study of SB-203 had been extended for a full year. With luck a resolution will be found so that more people can enjoy the beauty of the Lakes Region in a safe and enjoyable manner.
Considerable progress is being made on rail trail design, coordination, and development around the state. A new effort to help publicize these efforts and seek funding is being organized by the Southern NH Planning Commission located in Manchester. The first meeting with all interested parties and rail trail groups will be on January 25 at 6:30 PM, 438 Dubuque Street.
NH Rail Trails
section on this web site has been expanded to capture more of the activities
underway around the state. To learn more about these efforts, about 40 advocates
attended the annual meeting
of the NH Rail Trail Alliance on November 14 at the BWA-NH Concord office.
release from the meeting is available here.
Other Rail Trail News:
The NH Rail Trail Alliance is now the NH Rail Trail Coalition as of January 1, 2010. The group of some 21 NH rail trail groups remains the same with the same steering committee and continued affiliation with BWA-NH which provides the business address and meeting space when needed. The name change was prompted to avoid confusion with the acronym "NH-RTA" which was already used for the NH Railroad Transit Authority. The NH-RTC has filed a trade name application with the state to lock-in the new name.
More awareness and enforcement of the "3 Foot Rule"
On September 28, a letter written jointly by Director Donald Vittum of the PSTC (NH Police Academy) and BWA-NH was mailed to all 226 NH police chiefs and sheriffs to make them more aware of the "3 Foot Rule". A brochure called "Don't be a Road Hog/Road Warrior" created by NH DOT was enclosed with the mailing. Initial feedback has been positive as many police departments did not know about the law which took effect on January first.
From April through October, BWA-NH had a series of radio Public Service Announcements aired over 22 stations in southern NH to help inform the public about the law and how motorists and bicyclists must share the roadways. The NH Driver's Training Manual was updated and drivers education instructors have been informed via the NH DMV. Additional avenues of awareness have been undertaken during bike-ed classes in schools and workplaces.
Meanwhile, several incidents this cycling season will be testing the enforcement of the "3 Foot Rule." In some cases a matter of purposeful harassment of a cyclist by a motorist took place while other times a bike/motor vehicle crash sent the cyclist to a hospital. The worst known crash occurred on October 15 when Susanne Kibler-Hacker, a highly-experienced commuter cyclist, was hit from behind when cycling to work along Route 13/Clinton Street west of Concord. She was severely injured and for a while we wondered if she would survive. All details are still not known but the NH cycling community could not understand how the initially unnamed motorist was only given a warning "to exercise due care." The police investigation was still open at last report.
Bottom line, more enforcement of the "3 Foot Rule" is required and action taken when incidents or crashes are reported. Note that "crashes" are almost always avoided when everyone follows the rules of the road. Distracted drivers, whether using cell phones, texting, feeding a baby, reading, applying make-up, or playing with a radio, seem to be one of the leading causes of a motorist hitting a bicyclist these days. Yes, there are scofflaw cyclists and motorists as well, and that only makes a bad situation worse. If everyone followed the rules of the road and used common sense and courtesy, almost all crashes would be avoided. "Accidents" are caused by unavoidable circumstances; "crashes" occur when someone did not do what is right as either prescribed by law or common sense.
Our unique BWA-NH "3 Feet Please"
T-shirts are available in four sizes for $15.00 each -- see the Merchandise
page. BWA-NH is working with Souhegan Cycleworks in Milford NH to obtain
even more impressive cycling jerseys. To
view the bill click here.
Bicycling education in public schools continues
completed a 12-hour bike-ed program at the Rundlett Middle School in Concord
as part of their Safe Routes to School program. About 1,000 students in grades
6-8 were taught the basics of proper helmet fit, bike maintenance, "bright
and tight" clothing, and rules of the road including hand signals and
lane usage. Additional tips to make cycling more fun and efficient were also
covered. The next group of students will be taught a similar course by the
school staff once they complete a "Train the Trainers" program in
the spring. One goal of BWA-NH is to have sustainable bicycling education
in all NH schools. A separate program for training the trainers is underway
via the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) and the National Bicycle Dealers
Association (NBDA). This program is planned to be implemented here in NH by
League certified "Master Cycling Instructors" starting next year.
Once children and adults all know how bicycling fits into our society and
shared roadways, the safer, better, and "greener" it will be for
Rail Trail Notes
The NH Rail Trail Alliance (now the NH Rail Trail Coalition as of January 1, 2010 and an affiliate of BWA-NH) with Alex Bernhard as the spokesperson had a very productive meeting at NH DOT on April 1. What started as a simple meeting with Director Jack Ferns actually involved key personnel from at least five bureaus or departments. All questions were answered and several action items were agreed upon. A follow-up meeting is planned in about four months. Have a look at some of the happy participants!
is becoming better known throughout NH as the voice for bicyclists and pedestrians
concerning advocacy, access, and education. By working with the NH-RTA Steering
Committee and staff members at the Department of Resources and Economic Development
(DRED), BWA now has a vote on the Statewide Trails Advisory Committee (STAC).
While interest in rail trail development and management prompted BWA to seek
membership on DRED's STAC, all off-road facilities of interest to bicyclists
and walkers are of prime concern to BWA. By sharing information and ideas
between all users of the NH trail systems, BWA sees our involvement in STAC
to be a win-win story for everyone.
Statewide bicycling awareness ride planned for 2010
Picking up an idea from NH First Lady Dr. Susan Lynch, BWA-NH plans to be a key partner in organizing and supporting a statewide bicycling awareness ride next year. Some of the other organizations expected to be involved are the Regional Planning Commissions, NH DOT, the Foundation for Healthy Communities, the Healthy Eating-Active Living (HEAL) committee, Granite State Wheelmen, and other supportive groups around the state. The benefits of cycling are well known, and this event will highlight safety, health, obesity, economy, pollution, rail trails, on-road facilities, new laws including the "3-foot rule", and the sheer enjoyment of cycling. Multiple routes converging on Concord have been proposed so as to attract cyclists from around the state for this multi-day event. A steering committee is being formed with more plans expected to be released later this year.
Our Concord office has been relocated!
being at 163 Manchester Street for three years, on July 1, 2009 our BWA-NH
Concord office was relocated to a newer facility at 57 Regional Drive, Suite
6, right near the Concord Airport. We wish to thank Executive Director David
Henderson of the Safety and Health Council of Northern New England for allowing
BWA-NH to rent space and services of his office.
Safe Routes to School
This federally-funded SRTS program for children in grades K-8 living within two miles of their schools provides for both infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects, up to $100,000 each for the third round projects. Round 3 applications were reviewed by the SRTS Statewide Advisory Committee (SAC) and were forwarded to NH DOT Commissioner George Campbell for approval. Nearly $740,000 was awarded in grants to eight communities and 14 schools in Round 3. Round 4 applications will be accepted late this year. See the June/July SRTS newsletter for details.
BWA-NH is pleased to be one of ten voting members on the SRTS Statewide Advisory Committee. For more details about this reimbursement program, please visit the NH SRTS web site http://www.nh.gov/dot/org/projectdevelopment/planning/srts/index.htm
Bike-Ed in the schools
Bicycling education programs during 2009 were conducted in Brookline, Concord, and Hopkinton for both students and teachers. Seven presentations based on the LAB "Kids-I" programs were given to students in grades 3 to 8. A "Train the Trainers" program covering six hours was conducted for five staff members of the Hopkinton Middle School. Plans are underway to implement a more comprehensive "Train the Trainers" program statewide so that standardized bicycling education will become a routine and sustainable component of the school curriculums. Bicycling education is supported by the SRTS program. There are five LAB-certified bicycling education instructors in NH who will provide the expertise for these programs. BWA-NH is pleased to coordinate the efforts and to help meet the SRTS goals.
NH BikeSmart program
featuring 45-minute presentations aimed at students in grades 3-5 now completed
its third season. The program is owned and managed by Roger Lohr of Hanover
NH, 603.643.0920, email Lohr21@myfairpoint.net. Details will be found on this
web site as a courtesy to promote all levels of bicycling education in our
schools, but BikeSmart is not a BWA or LAB supported program nor does BWA
have any control or management of NH BikeSmart.
New Hampshire ranked 8th most "Bicycle Friendly State" in the country!
In May the League of American Bicyclists posted their 2009 Bicycle Friendly State rankings for all 50 states. We are very pleased to note that NH moved up two slots from 10th in 2008 to 8th this year, due in part to the implementation of the laws updated by "our" HB-1203 effective on January 1, 2009. For more details please visit the LAB web site; a summary of the ranking for all 50 states follows.
List shows 2009 ranking, state name, 2008 ranking, and change in rank from 2008. Thanks to Dr. Brent Hugh, LCI #1335 and Executive Director of the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation for compiling this list.
2 Wisconsin 2
3 Maine 6 3
4 Oregon 4
5 Minnesota 5
6 Iowa 21 15
7 Arizona 3 4
8 New Hampshire 10 2
9 Delaware 31 22
10 New Jersey 9 1
11 Wyoming 18 7
12 Illinois 8 4
13 Colorado 22 9
14 California 7 7
15 Michigan 12 3
16 Maryland 35 19
17 Missouri 28 11
18 Utah 11 7
19 Massachusetts 16 3
20 North Carolina 13 7
21 Vermont 17 4
22 Hawaii 14 8
23 Virginia 23
24 Mississippi 47 23
25 Nevada 19 6
26 South Carolina 15 11
27 Kentucky 29 2
28 South Dakota 41 13
29 Indiana 24 5
30 Louisiana 26 4
31 Georgia 49 18
32 Florida 20 12
33 Kansas 25 8
34 Idaho 37 3
35 Rhode Island 27 8
36 Texas 30 6
37 Nebraska 33 4
38 Arkansas 39 1
39 Ohio 32 7
40 Pennsylvania 38 2
41 New York 34 7
42 West Virginia 50 8
43 Tennessee 36 4
44 Connecticut 42 2
45 North Dakota 46 1
46 New Mexico 45 1
47 Alaska 40 7
48 Oklahoma 43 5
49 Montana 44 5
50 Alabama 48 2
US Secretary of Transportation supports bicycling
Ray LaHood has repeatedly spoken very favorably about bicycling and how some
ARRA funds should be spent in support of bicycling facilities. Check out some
details on the page devoted to this subject.
BWA-NH organizational structure enhanced
the December 2008 BWA-NH Board meeting, the foundation for an Executive Committee
consisting of ten divisions or committees was created. With all the bicyclist
and pedestrian advocacy and education programs now underway or planned, BWA-NH
simply needed more talented people devoting more time to make things happen.
The organization chart and listing of people filling the positions will appear
soon. BWA-NH is very pleased with the progress to date. The expertise and
commitment being devoted to the primary BWA-NH goals is very significant and
will result in a "cross-over" of support between the divisions and
committees. Established groups and organizations are encouraged to join BWA-NH
as affiliates with everyone retaining their own identity and internal structure.
Groups just forming are welcome to join BWA-NH as members or sponsors in order
to derive the benefits which can be provided by a state-wide "umbrella"
organization - and that is us!
BWA-NH attains IRS non-profit status
conjunction with the enhanced structure, BWA-NH is now a fully-certified IRS
501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. This allows tax deductable donations and
grants going back to our name change on April 10, 2006. All donations, memberships,
and sponsorship are deductable less $15.00 a year which pays for the GSW newsletter
and membership benefits. Our new Fundraising Committee will be seeking grants
to fund expenses such as PSAs for implementation of HB-1203 and "train
the trainer" programs to have bike-ed taught in public schools on a sustainable
basis. And this is just a beginning!
National Bicycle Commuter Act
While the year ahead promises plenty of challenges, there are also incredible opportunities. One is that people need to get on their bikes now more than ever - and thanks to the Bicycle Commuter Act, this will be first year you can actually get some credit from Uncle Sam for riding your bike!.
details are now available. If you are interested,
Video awareness tests posted
the "How Smart are
You?" page for new videos from Peter Warner of Transport for London
(TFL). Motorist often don't see bicyclists just because they are not looking
for them. Distractions like cell phones and texting are major problems, but
if a person is concentrating on one item the changes in surroundings (which
might include a bicyclist) are often not seen. How about you? Take the video
awareness tests to see if you notice details!
State of NH Bike Maps available
A set of seven free regional NH bike maps were made available from NH DOT on May 16, 2008. After nearly two years of meetings, presentations, state-wide hearings, inputs for various cycling groups, revisions, budget cuts, and other time-consuming projects, the new maps were available in time for the Bike/Walk to Work Day events. To ensure the maps reach bicyclists and not just tourists looking for a free souvenir that is soon trashed, they must be requested. Distribution will be made via the rest areas on the NH Interstate Highways, by contacting the DOT, and from other key NH locations around the state. BWA-NH is a member of the bike map steering committee and can testify that a lot of time and effort has gone into these maps. To be sure, they are not perfect and the state infrastructure is a moving target that cannot be reflected on a map which may be outdated before it is printed. To compensate for such, the NH DOT Bike-Ped web site http://www.nh.gov/dot/nhbikeped will carry updated versions of the maps available for free downloading plus notation of corrections. Any problems or suggestions concerning the maps should be sent to the attention of Jerry Moore in the NH DOT Bike-Ped Office at JMoore2@dot.state.nh.us. (Please use email to contact the Bike-Ped Office, not the phone.)
The maps are smaller but more comprehensive than prior versions. When folded they are just 4.5" x 6" so they fit nicely into bike bags or jersey pockets. The printing is very sharp and easy to read on the 18" x 24" layout. Included is an elevation profile, ratings for the suggested on-road routes, improved and unimproved rail trails, features including airports, covered bridges, commuter rail stations, rest areas, state parks, park & ride locations, sample recreational ride loops, and even the water taxi on Lake Winnipesaukee. Rules of the road concerning bicyclists are stated, complete with the RSA numbers. Governor John Lynch provided the welcome message. The seven maps are based on the seven tourist regions of NH: Merrimack Valley, Seacoast, Monadnock, Lakes, Dartmouth / Lake Sunapee, White Mountains, and the Great North Woods. Distinctive cover photos help identify the maps. The life-cycle of these maps is estimated to be five years. The NH DOT Bike-Ped Office hopes the bicycling community finds the maps to be helpful, especially since state-wide inputs from many bicyclists were incorporated into the final design.
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If you really want to help us continue our advocacy and education efforts here in New Hampshire, please consider joining our organization. Remember, a full one-year membership in the Granite State Wheelmen recreational bicycling club is included with every sponsorship of BWA-NH starting at $35.00 a year. A sponsorship application is available on the home page of this web site.
Did you miss reading about what the BWA-NH has been doing in the past months and years? If so, check out our Archived News page.
BWA-NH On-Line Calendar
Check out our on-line
calendar to see what is planned around the state affecting the bike-ped
community. We hope this will enable more NH residents to learn what is planned
for their communities and be able to participate in the decision-making process.
Want to help the 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. Learning what is planned for your community is critical to ensure roadways are designed or rebuilt to properly accommodate bicyclists. Get involved and help spread the word! The Alliance can help via use of our email list-serve system. You do not need to be an Alliance member to use this free service. The more people who know what is going on in our NH bicycling community, the sooner the better, then everyone can have their say in a timely manner to help make a positive difference for all bicyclists.
Did you know that by joining the Alliance your payment includes a fully-funded GSW membership with all the benefits? Present GSW members are encouraged to join the Alliance when your current membership is due for renewal. For more details please check out the membership page on this web site.