Curb the Car Day is Friday, May 17

On May 17, 2019 the rest of the country is celebrating National Bike to Work Day, but here in the Upper Valley we’ll be taking it a step further with our second annual Curb The Car Day. 

So, bike or walk if that’s for you. Or take the bus, vanpool, or carpool. Or even skateboard or kayak. Then join your neighbors and coworkers at a Curb the Car Day location (see right) to celebrate with breakfast treats, swag, an e-bike conversion workshop, a pop-up park, and more!

Why curb the car? Fewer drive-alone car trips means lower greenhouse gas emissions and less demand for parking. Plus you’ll get fresh air and exercise when you walk and bike even if it’s just to and from the bus stop! Carpooling, vanpooling, and taking the bus are great ways to meet your neighbors and build community.

Have an idea for an activity in your community? Email us to get involved in this year’s celebration!

Get Involved!

  • Lead (or recruit a coworker to lead) your workplace’s activities
  • Staff a public Curb the Car Day “energizer station,” like at a major (and safe) intersection, parking lot, or town green (deadline to submit events to be advertised by Vital Communities is Thursday, April 25.)
  • Host a special event, like a bike-bus-car race or a bike workshop. More more info, contact us.
  • Help Vital Communities promote the event

What Vital Communities Can Offer

  • Free bike skills workshops and transit travel training during that week – SIGN UP NOW TO HOST ONE! For more info, contact us.
  • Info on our website about Curb the Car Day locations (and a Valley News ad)
  • E-mail and print promo templates for your networks
  • Tabling at your workplace to promote the event
  • Resources for employees/residents on non-drive alone options
  • We can also organize an Upper Valley-wide prize drawing for participants

2019 Locations & Events

All Day Pop-Up Pocket Park on Main St. Hanover – hosted by Hanover Bike/Pedestrian Committee
7am to 8pm.

All Day – Bike or walk to the Windsor Library for a free gift (while supplies last).

Breakfast Station in front of the Hanover Inn – hosted by Dartmouth College Parking & Transportation Services

Breakfast Station at Tuck – hosted by Tuck School of Business

Breakfast Station & Bike Tune-ups in Colburn Park – hosted by City of Lebanon, Cowbell Mobile Bike Shop, Omer & Bob’s; sponsored by Co-op Food Stores, Marsh Brothers Deli, Jake’s Coffee Company, and Hannaford

Breakfast Station on Route 5 in front of the Upper Valley Haven – hosted by The Haven

Breakfast Station in front of Hartford Town Hall – hosted by Town of Hartford

Breakfast Station by the EV charging stations at Dan & Whit’s – sponsored by Norwich Energy Committee

Thetford Stagecoach Ride – join Mike Kiess (Thetford Energy Committee) at the Thetford Park & Ride for a FREE trip on the 7:15am Stagecoach bus. Destination: Hanover Inn’s Curb the Car Day festivities. If Hanover isn’t your final destination, catch Advance Transit for West Lebanon, Lebanon, Hartford, or Norwich after breakfast. Email for more info and to sign up.

E-bike Conversion Workshop @ Kilton Library Community Room – with Karl Kemnitzer
3-5:30pm (register here)

“Wave Walk” smart street crossing @ North Main St. near the flag poles, Hanover 
4-7pm. Hanover Bike Ped Committee, elementary school students and scouts will coach Dartmouth students on smart and safe street crossing.   

Friday Fun Ride Around Windsor – hosted by the Windsor Public Library. Meet at the library at 4:30pm for a group bike ride around Windsor. Let us help you find safe routes to popular destinations so you feel comfortable using your bike for work, shopping, or simply exploring our town! Email for more info.

Stay tuned for details & more locations! Don’t see your Curb the Car Day event listed yet? Email us and we’ll add it!

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June 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Trek to Taste
  • New Hampshire Commuter Challenge
  • UV Farmers Market Collaborative Gathering
  • Leadership Upper Valley - Graduation Day
  • 5th Annual Hartford Block Party
  • UVTMA Monthly Meeting

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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.

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