Explore Biking or Walking to Work

Do you want to walk or bike to work but aren’t sure what trails and routes are available? Visit the Upper Valley Trails Alliance and click on Trail Finder to see detailed information on many Upper Valley trails that can be used for commuting!

The Upper Valley Loop Trail is a signed bike route connecting Hanover, Lebanon, Hartford, and Norwich. Keep an eye out for UV Loop signs.

Can’t make the whole trip on bike or foot? Try a hybrid commute: bike to catch a carpool or bus and get some exercise on your commute.

“So far I have ridden the bus every work day since January 9 and I could not be happier. I walk 4-1/4 miles each way to the bus stop which adds up to 130+ miles walked so far. I’m getting in shape and feeling great. This is the best combination Health & Wellness / Community & Environmental Leadership benefit Hypertherm has done for me.”

Are you interested in biking to work but haven’t been on your bike in years and not sure where to start? Organize a group of coworkers or friends and contact us to set up a free Everyday Bicycling Workshop series to teach you the basics and get you comfortable on your bike again. And keep your eyes out for Everyday Bicycling Workshops coming to your community in the warmer months. Read more about the program on our blog.

Get Around the Upper Valley

Bike Safety Tips

Follow the Rules of the Road

  • Ride with traffic and obey the same laws as motorists
  • Use the rightmost lane that heads in the direction in which you are traveling
  • Obey all traffic control devices, such as stop signs, lights, and lane markings
  • Always look back and use hand and arm signals to indicate your intention to stop, merge, or turn

Be Visible

  • Ride where drivers can see you
  • Wear brightly colored clothing at all times
  • At night, use a white front light and red rear light or reflector, and wear reflective tape or clothing

Be Predictable

  • Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars
  • Make your intentions clear to motorists and other road users
  • Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes
  • Make eye contact with motorists to let them know you are there
  • Do not ride on the sidewalk

Think Ahead

  • Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other bicyclists will do next
  • Be aware of traffic around you and be prepared to take evasive action
  • Learn braking and turning techniques to avoid crashes
  • Be extra alert at intersections
  • Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars
  • Look out for debris, potholes, and utility covers
  • Cross railroad tracks at right angles

Wear a Helmet

  • Make sure that the helmet fits on top of your head, not tipped back or forward
  • After a crash or any impact that affects your helmet, visible or not, replace it immediately

Ride Ready

  • Be sure your tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick-release wheel levers are closed
  • Carry repair and emergency supplies appropriate for your ride

Keep Your Cool

  • Road rage benefits no one and always makes a bad situation worse

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Bethany Fleishman

Transportation Program Manager

Transportation

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— Bethany Fleishman, Transportation Program Manager

Bethany Fleishman was born at the old Mary Hitchcock hospital in Hanover, N.H., grew up in West Hartford, Vt., and now lives in Hartford Village, where she can see the White River and the trains from her window. She has a biology degree from St. Lawrence University and has worked in public health outreach, as a line cook in San Francisco, a pastry chef in Hanover, and as a member of the Town of Hartford Selectboard. She serves on the board of directors for both Advance Transit and Upper Valley CarShare and is a lifelong bike commuter.



Paige Heverly

Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator

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— Paige Heverly, Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator

Paige Heverly joined Vital Communities in 2017 as the Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator. Hailing from the suburbs of Philadelphia, she moved to Vermont in 2011 and earned a joint BA in Renewable Energy and Ecological Design and Environmental Studies from Green Mountain College. After completing her Master of Energy Regulation and Law from Vermont Law School, Paige worked in energy efficiency consulting in Portland, Oregon. Her love of local food systems, the White River, and the Green Mountains brought her back to the Upper Valley to work on regional issues with localized solutions. Paige is passionate about closing ecological loops and treating waste as food. In her free time, she enjoys baking homemade English muffins, weeding her garden, and writing letters to her pen pals.