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!

NH Legislation Update – August 2019

The Granite State Wheelers, Bike-Walk Alliance of NH, and the NH Rail Trails Coalition continue to be highly involved with bike-ped bills that went through the NH legislature this year.

The e-bike bill HB-148 was signed with an effective date of August 18.  The national People for Bikes organization provided guidelines for establishing the “three class system” as now incorporated in our NH law. New Hampshire is the 22nd state to incorporate this “model legislation.” A serious education effort is now required for the public, dealers, officials, land owners, and law enforcement to learn how e-bikes fit into the NH bicycling community.  BWANH is taking a key role in this education effort.

The rail trail plan update bill SB-185 was signed on July 12 and was effective immediately with an approved Fiscal Note of $200,000.  NHDOT has started the process of creating the Advisory Stakeholders Committee to which BWANH and NHRTC are invited.  A study of the economic impact of the East Coast Greenway NH section and the Granite State Rail Trail when completed has been requested of UNH with a $50,000 budget, this study funded by the SB-185 allocation..

The OHRV impact on residents along the trails under HB-683 is being reviewed by the House Resources, Recreation, and Development Committee including on-site visits to key areas in the North Country.  To better present the negative impacts of OHRV use, area residents secured a grant to fund a high-end drone video to be made.  This video work will be conducted in various locations around the state, not just in the North County, with the end product being shown to those making decisions in Concord.  Trail users have their rights but so do residents contending with the dust, noise, pollution, and illegal activities along their property lines.

A review of recent bike-ped legislation and many other topics will be discussed at the October 26 NH Rail Trails Conference to be held in Concord.  BWANH affiliate NH Rail Trails Coalition has an interesting agenda lined-up with some key state officials to be speakers.  For more info contact NHRTC President Chuck Redfern at  credfern@ne.rr.com .

 

 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