Bike-Walk Alliance of NH ==
is the BWA-NH?
- The Bike-Walk
Alliance of NH started as the Granite State Bicycling Alliance (GSBA) in late
2004 as a state-wide education and advocacy organization intended to address
all aspects of bicycling within the State of New Hampshire. As of October
2005, the scope and management of the organization was changed to encompass
pedestrian advocacy and education programs as well. There was no organization
in the state speaking up for or coordinating pedestrian interests. Following
the guidelines of national bicycling organizations which now include pedestrian
components in their programs, the GSBA expanded and selected a new name to
better represent the purpose of the Alliance. One goal is to work with all
groups and programs in the state of NH by helping to publicize what is available.
All too often we have found that some great ideas are not fully utilized as
people don't know a program or service exists. By being the primary resource
in NH for all bicycling and pedestrian-related programs, the Alliance and
all interested parties should benefit.
- We are to be
a non-profit 510(c)3 corporation initially staffed by vounteers who wish to
help improve the environment for all bicyclists and pedestrians. Some key
areas include education, legislation, road and trail design and maintenance,
safety programs, and enforcement of the rules of the road -- for motorists
as well as bicyclists and pedestrians. Please
see the About Us page for more details.
was the original GSBA formed?
- The GSBA was
formed in late 2004 as a spin-off from the Granite State Wheelmen (GSW)
bicycling club, a recreational 510(c)7 organization formed in 1971. In past
years, many GSW members contributed a lot of time and effort toward NH projects
including the state bike maps, roadway design improvements, trail development,
etc., but as a recreational club the subject of bicycling advocacy was secondary
and could not be funded by outside donations and grants. The GSBA was formed
to join the ranks of bicycling advocacy groups as present in almost every
state in the country. We had a good working relationship with the organizations
in Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont as our closest neighbors. We were also
afilliated with the Thunderhead Alliance, the national bicycling advocacy
organization, and with the League of American Bicyclists which has the most
highly recognized national bicyclist education program. These connections
are being maintained and strengthened as the BWA-NH implements our plans in
can the BWA-NH do with just a small staff?
- Even with limited
resources and time, the BWA-NH is capable of helping to spread the word about
all aspects of bicycling and pedestrian subjects in New Hampshire. Our web
site is being designed to be a "portal" which will provide information
and links to other web sites in order to answer questions and let everyone
know what is available. All too often some very good plans are developed and
implemented by a group or community but no one outside of the immediate area
knows about it. By having noteworthy programs posted on the BWA-NH web site,
areas like Keene, Hanover, Lebanon, and Berlin will know what is happening
in Concord, Manchester, Portsmouth, and Nashua, and vice-versa. Also, BWA-NH's
small staff can work with various state agencies to help implement better
bicyclist and motorist education programs, improve conditions on our roadways
and trails, and be a resource for all types of bicycling information. As our
organization grows we see many other avenues to explore which should help
make the bicycling environment better for everyone.
can I do to help?
- Every organization,
even non-profits like the BWA-NH, needs a certain level of funding to meet
expenses and offer various programs. We encourage more volunteers to become
involved in our projects and goals, likewise we welcome sponsors to join as
dues-paying members. Benefits provided to our members will include free publicity
via our web site and discounts on bike parts and accessories at many of the
larger bike shops around the state. For information about joining the BWA-NH,
please see our Join Now page.
have more questions -- how do I contact someone in the BWA-NH?
- Sending email
to email@example.com may be the most convenient,
but phone calls and postal mail are also welcome. Please feel free to call
the BWA-NH office at 603.898.9926 or write to the Bike-Walk Alliance of NH,
57 Regional Drive, Suite 6, Concord, NH 03301-8518. All calls and emailed
inquires are normally answered within 48 hours.