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.”

Learn Bike Skills

Are you interested in biking to work but haven’t been on your bike in years and not sure where to start? Check our calendar or see below for Everyday Bicycling Workshops coming to your community in the warmer months. Workshops are free but registration is required.

Organize a group of eight to ten coworkers or friends and contact us to set up your own free Everyday Bicycling Workshop series to teach you the basics and get you comfortable on your bike again. Read more about the program for workplaces on our blog.

July/August 2017 Workshop Schedule
Click here to register.

Basic Bike Maintenance
Monday, July 24 | 6 – 8 pm | CCBA, Lebanon, New Hampshire

Everyday Bicycling for Adults
Wednesday, July 26 | 6 – 8 pm | CCBA, Lebanon, New Hampshire

On-Street Bike Skills for Adults
CANCELLED Saturday, July 22 | 10 am – noon | Windsor Public Library CANCELLED
Monday, July 31 | 6 – 8 pm | Meet at the CCBA in Lebanon, New Hampshire

About the Workshops

Basic Bike Maintenance This easy welcoming workshop gives you the skills to manage your bike’s common problems. While learning how to change a tire, you’ll learn about brakes, chain/gears, and how to remove a wheel. Bring a bike to practice on, if you have one. Please note: you’re more than welcome to bring your department store bike, but they aren’t designed for much adjustment and aren’t ideal to learn on. Participants leave with free tire levers, chain lube, and patch kit!

Everyday Bicycling for Adults (& Mature Teens)
Learn:
– what gear you need (and don’t need)
– how to fit a bike and helmet
– how to keep your bike in good shape for commuting or running errands
– how to map out a route that fits with your time and comfort level
– how to “read” the street and ride safely
– snacks provided!

On-Street Bike Skills for Adults (& Mature Teens) Build your skills & confidence for riding your bike on the road. We will practice some skills in the parking lot and then head out for a narrated bike ride with periodic pull-offs to discuss conditions encountered and how best to respond. Snacks provided! ALL PARTICIPANTS FOR THE ON-STREET WORKSHOP MUST BRING A WORKING BIKE AND A HELMET.

HOW TO: ABC Quick Check

ABC Quick Check: A two-minute safety check to make sure your bike is road-worthy

A – AIR: Squeeze your tires. If they’re squishy, pump them up. Low air pressure makes you feel sluggish and tired while riding.

  • Both under- and over-inflated tires can cause blowouts.
  • See the fine print on the side of your tires for the correct psi.

B – BRAKES: Stand beside your bike and squeeze each brake lever as you push the bike forward. Does the front wheel stop when you apply the front brake? Does the rear wheel stop when you apply the rear brake? If so, GREAT!

Now spin each wheel. Do the brake pads rub against the rim? If not, GREAT! If so, you’re slowing down your ride and wearing out your brake pads, so it’s time for an adjustment.

C – CHAIN & CRANKS: Your chain should be fairly clean, free of rust, and move smoothly and quietly. Use WD-40 or special bike chain lubricant if needed.

Yank on each pedal. The crank – the piece that attaches the pedal to the bike – shouldn’t wiggle.

QUICK – Quick Releases: These are the small levers that tighten down your seat to the bike and your wheels to their hubs. The levers should run parallel to the bike (no pointing out to the sides!) and be tight enough that they leave a faint impression on your palm when you push them into place. Too loose and your seat will slide down as you ride and your wheels might come off!

CHECK – Take your bike for a 30 seconds spin to make sure everything sounds good and works well.

Assuming your bike is in good shape, the ABC Quick Check should take 2 minutes, tops! If something is broken, get it fixed before you ride. There are lots of great how-to videos online or have a friend or nearby bike shop fix it.

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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Calendar

December 2017

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  • Business of the Month: Hubert's Family Outfitters
  • Vital Communities Open House
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  • Free Cooking Class: Roasting
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  • Upper Valley Farmers' Market Collaborative
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  • Farmer Celebration
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  • Leadership Upper Valley Health & Human Services Session
  • Free Cooking Class: Cozy Winter Cooking
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  • Free Cooking Class: Families Cooking Together
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  • TMA Steering Committee
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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

Transportation, Energy

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Transportation, Energy

— 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.