Spring is here, so it’s a great time to Get Up and Go! Take the challenge to walk, bike, roll, bus, or carpool May 1 through 16 and be a part of the Way to Go! Transportation Challenge. Whether you’re getting healthy, supporting a clean, green Vermont, or doing your part to battle the global climate crisis, you can earn points to win awesome prizes.

Log at least 2 trips (on the Go! Vermont app or the website) and you’ll automatically be entered into a raffle, or you can build points towards prizes including a folding e-bike!

Are you affiliated with a school participating in the Way to Go! School Challenge? Head to WayToGoVT.org to log activities and earn points for your school!

Launching Year 2 of the Upper Valley E-Bike Library!

Do you wish biking was part of your life? E-bikes can greatly increase that possibility. E-bikes (electric bikes) are like regular bikes but with an electric motor in addition to human-powered pedals, a battery to store power for that motor, and a heavier frame to accommodate the increased hardware. The electric assist can help with the physical issues, daunting hills, and the need to haul heavy loads (kids, groceries, or both are easier with a cargo e-bike like the one pictured!) that might otherwise keep you off your bike. This could enable you to replace many car trips with breezy, two-wheel journeys that don’t clog the roads or present parking challenges. 

Worldwide, e-bike sales are booming, and the market is stuffed with different choices on frame, type and size of motor, battery storage —  to name just a few variables. How do you choose?

The first step is to try some models and see what features you like best. Enter Local Motion’s Upper Valley E-bike Library. Organized by eight Upper Valley town energy committees with the help of Vital Communities, this program of Local Motion is in its second year and now features four e-bikes

From the end of April through the end of October, the library will be stationed in various Upper Valley communities. Residents of each community can borrow either of four e-bike models free of charge for a few days (or an hour) to get a feel for the two-wheel life. 

Here is the 2021 schedule:

2021 Schedule: 

Hartford (based in both WRJ and Quechee):  4/19/21 – 5/8/21

Hanover:  5/10/21 – 5/29/21

Sharon:  5/31/21 – 6/12/21

Norwich: 6/14/21 – 7/3/21

Lebanon:  7/5/21 – 7/24/21

Thetford / Strafford / Lyme:  7/26/21 – 8/28/21

Cornish / Plainfield:  8/30/21 – 9/18/21

Hartland / Windsor / Woodstock: 9/20/21 – 10/9/21

New London:  10/11/21 – 10/30/21

For more more program details and reservation information, visit Local Motion’s Upper Valley E-Bike Lending Library page.

NH Route 120 Improvements Near Exit 18

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) has recently begun a project to study multi-modal improvements to NH Route 120 from Hanover Street to Etna Road in Lebanon, NH. This project (NHDOT reference #29612) seeks to address traffic and safety needs for all travel modes along the approximately 1.1 mile long corridor of NH Route 120, including the I-89 Exit 18 interchange and short segments of the adjacent local road network. YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED! Help us find ways to improve safety and operations in the NH Route 120 Corridor by visiting our interactive, online mapping tool and completing a survey.

You may have seen or participated in a survey from the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission about NH Route 120 last spring, which was a more broad survey about transportation needs along the entire NH Route 120 corridor. This is a more targeted study from NHDOT that addresses a 1.1 mile section of NH Route 120 around Interstate 89 Exit 18 where specific transportation infrastructure improvements are being proposed.

Farm-Way gift cards, fat bikes, and YOU!

Whether you live in Vermont or New Hampshire, grab your bike, sneakers, or boots and join Vital Communities, Local Motion, and Go! Vermont for the 2021 Vermont Winter Bike/Walk Challenge, through February 12 (International Winter Bike to Work Day)!

No need to register, just record a bike ride, a walk, or a run on the Go! Vermont app or website at least twice by February 12 and be entered to win one of four $100 gift cards from Outdoor Gear Exchange or Farm-Way. (All gift cards can be used for online purchases.)

AND, we have a special Upper Valley-only incentive: if you rent an electric fat bike (for trail riding) from Vermont Bike & Brew through February 12 and log your ride on the Go! Vermont app / website, you will receive a coupon for 40% off your next electric fat bike rental. Just send them a screenshot of your trip in the app. And when you come to use the coupon, your friends and family will receive 10% off their fat bike rental, provided they have not previously ridden with Vermont Bike & Brew.

Download the app in the App Store or Google Play or sign up for the desktop version at govermont.agilemile.com. Make a profile, and start logging your trips!

Most years, eligible rides, walks, or runs needs to be commutes, but for 2021, we are excited to open the challenge to anyone who gets outside and gets moving, even just for fun!

The goals of the challenge are to get people riding and walking (ideally for transportation) AND reward those who are doing it already (especially those who don’t have access to other transportation). We know winter riding can be tough, and we’re putting together online resources to help. Check out these winter riding tips from us and Local Motion.

With the days still short, do you or someone you know need hi-vis gear for your winter commute but don’t have access to it? We have a limited supply of reflective / hi-vis gear that we want to give away to people who need it! Contact us so we can make the arrangements to get it to you.

Happy winter walking, running, and biking!