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
7-8:30am

Breakfast Station at Tuck – hosted by Tuck School of Business
7-8:30am

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
7-10am

Breakfast Station on Route 5 in front of the Upper Valley Haven – hosted by The Haven
7-8:30am

Breakfast Station in front of Hartford Town Hall – hosted by Town of Hartford
7-8:30am

Breakfast Station by the EV charging stations at Dan & Whit’s – sponsored by Norwich Energy Committee
7-8:30am

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 mike@vitalcommunities.org 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 christine@windsorlibrary.org 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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Calendar

August 2019

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  • Windsor Architecture Quest - Guided History Tour
  • Power of Produce Club at Claremont, Wilmot, Ascutney, Norwich, and Randolph Farmers Markets
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  • Power of Produce Club at the Canaan Farmers & Artisans' Market
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  • Power of Produce Club at Hanover Farmers' Market
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  • Power of Produce Club at the Canaan Farmers & Artisans' Market
  • CRAFT - Sweetland Farm
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  • Power of Produce Club at Hanover Farmers' Market
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  • Power of Produce Club at the Canaan Farmers & Artisans' Market
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— Ana Mejia, Climate Projects Coordinator

Ana Mejia is the Climate Projects Coordinator at Vital Communities. She is a Southern California native and first arrived to the Upper Valley in 2018. Ana received her Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and her Master’s in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where she wrote her thesis on solar home affordability and energy efficiency programs for low income families. When she is not actively working towards creating sustainable communities, Ana enjoys swimming, cross-country skiing, birding, and trying out new dessert recipes with her KitchenAid mixer.



Bethany Fleishman

Transportation Program Manager

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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.



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