How Can You Change Infrastructure?
Participation is key. Some things, like a request for a bike rack in a downtown area, may be easier than a half mile of sidewalk or a protected bike lane. Whatever the project:
- Decide what you want.
- Learn which government body or agency can make the decision to grant your request.
- Make a well reasoned request.
- Stay with it.
BWANH is here to help you navigate the process, link you to people who can help, and provide you with resources that will assist your efforts.
For a quick guide on advocating for improvements before and during paving projects, click here.
For a deeper understanding of who owns and maintains our roads, click here.
If the road you are interested in is maintained by your town contact your local Department of Public Works to see if they have a project in planning, design or under construction. Get to know your planning board and planning staff. Ask if your town has a bike/ped master plan.
How your support helps create better infrastructure
Bike-Walk members and partners have had an impact on:
- Safe Routes to School — BWANH is a voting member of the SRTS Advisory Committee, making sure the best projects move forward.
- Bridge Access — providing critical connectivity to cyclists and pedestrians via Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Sagamore Bridge in Nashua, and Pearl Harbor Survivors Bridge in Merrimack.
- Trails — BWANH is a member of the Statewide Trail Advisory Committee, advising the NH Bureau of Trails, as well as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Advisory Committee (BPTAC), advising the NH Department of Transportation. BWANH is also the fiscal sponsor for two regional trail organizations.