Upper Valley "Get Out & Bike Week" May 18-25

Usually in May, we’re getting ready for Curb the Car Day. This year is different. With transit and carpooling best reserved for those of us who absolutely must use those modes, and many of us not commuting these days at all, we are instead going to CELEBRATE THE BIKE with Get Out & Bike Week, May 18 to 25. Biking is:
  • good for our mental and physical health
  • a nice way to get out of the house and get fresh air
  • physically distant transportation
Whether you’re an essential worker and want to try a bike commute, or just need to get outside and are able to try biking, join us!
Now is the time to start a new habit!

Your Get Out & Bike Week TO DO list!

  • Set a goal for the week 
    • This can be as simple as “Get my bike ready for a ride, and go for a 20 minute ride over Memorial Day weekend.”
    • Do you have a workplace? If you live within biking distance of work, but have never biked to work before, consider setting a goal of test riding your commute this week (whether you’re an essential worker or not commuting right now).
  • Dust off your bike and get it ready
  • Need to review the basics?
    • Sign up for our “Get Out & Bike” workshop on Tuesday, May 19 to refresh your skills. Learn:
      • how to fit a bike and helmet
      • what clothing and gear you need (and don’t need)
      • how to “read” the street and ride safely
      • how to plan your route
      • how to do an “ABC Quick Check” as well as a “power start” and “controlled stop”
    • Want to chat with an expert but can’t make the workshop on May 19?Contact Mike.
    • Learn how to choose a bike, change gears, deal with traffic, what to wear and more in these amazing series of super short videos from the League of American Bicyclists
  • Map out your ride if you need to
    • See how far it is and what’s doable. Try RidewithGPS or any mapping app
  • GO FOR A RIDE!
  • Post a photo of your ride to social media, tag Vital Communities
    • We’ll share your photos in a future post (and tag you of course!)
  • Set a new “biking for transportation” goal (for now or post-pandemic)
    • If you can’t bike to work, what about to the store or to another frequent destination?

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Ana Mejia

Climate Projects Coordinator

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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.