Bike to Work Week Subcommittee

Help promote biking and walking in the Monadnock Region!

“May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast.  Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to give biking a try.”

– League of American Bicyclists

Overview

National Bike Month (May) and Bike to Work Week (May 15-19) are important opportunities to encourage bicycling and walking as well as other alternatives to vehicle use.  There is substantial leadership and many models at the national level.  At the state level, Commute Smart NH, formerly Commute Green NH is an important networking tool and promoter of bike to work week information.

Project Description

A 2016 MAST subcommittee successfully organized a Bike to Work Day event in Keene, which included a proclamation by Keene Mayor Kendall Lane, a Complete Streets Workshop, a free commuter breakfast, as well as a variety of giveaways.  Significant effort was required to coordinate all required supplies, donations, and permissions.  There is also a desire to extend bike-friendly events throughout the Monadnock Region.  The size, number, and complexity would be the responsibility of the subcommittee.  Commuter breakfasts, giveaways, coordination with bike shops and businesses, the statewide commuter challenge offered by Commute Smart NH, and media outreach are just some of the many opportunities to promote biking in southwest New Hampshire.  Members of the 2016 subcommittee may be available to support or extend planned efforts.

Time Commitment & Timeframe

The expected time commitment is about three hours per month.  This includes one hour per month spent in sub-committee meetings, and 2 hours per month outside of meetings.  Subcommittee members would be expected to participate in at least one Bike to Work Day event (Friday May 19, 2017).  The project will start in January of 2017 and conclude in May of 2017 (5 months).  However, there are significant opportunities to continue promoting bicycling through the spring, summer, and fall of 2017.  Undertaking additional activities beyond Bike to Work Week would be at the discretion of the subcommittee.

If you are interested in serving on this subcommittee, please contact us.