2018 Commuter Challenge Results!
Way to go Central NH! Together we logged 1,049 miles and 76 trips during the 2018 central NH Commuter Challenge! Modes used included walking, biking, carpooling and telecommuting! Thank you to all who participated and stopped by our Commuter Breakfast!
CommuteSmart Central NH would also like to give a big thanks for the generous prize donations from Dos Amigos Burritos, Red River Theatres, Capitol Craftsman Romance Jewelers, and Viking House!
RideshareWondering how to get started? First, you will need to create an account with the NH Rideshare Portal. Accounts within the portal are confidential and only the contact information you choose will be distributed to other users looking for carpooling matches. Once your account is created, you will need to submit your commuting route and preferences to be matched up with other commuters in your area. You then have the choice to contact who you’d like to commute with and see if they’re a good fit.
Emergency Ride Home ProgramWorried that you’ll get stuck somewhere without a ride? CommuteSmart Central NH offers an emergency ride home program to ensure access to transportation in case of an emergency. All you have to do is take a taxi or rental car in an emergency, and then submit your receipt and ERH form for reimbursement. You may submit up to six (6) request per 12 month period, no more than two (2) days in any month, for a maximum reimbursement of $70 per occurrence.
Who is eligible?To be eligible for an emergency ride home, you must be registered within the NH Rideshare Portal.
What are qualified emergencies?Qualified Emergencies:
- Unexpected personal or family illness or emergency
- Carpool driver has illness, emergency, or unscheduled overtime
- You work unscheduled overtime
- Weather related events (Bicyclist & Walkers only)
- Personal errands
- Business-related travel
- Pre-planned appointments
- Scheduled overtime at work
- Transportation system delays
- General rides to work
- On-the job injury
- Vehicle failure
What are eligible destinations?
- Park and Ride lot where car is parked
- Child’s day care or school
- Medical facility
- Interim stops if part of the emergency
Central NH Park and Ride LocationsBoscawen Bow Canterbury Concord I-93 Concord I-89 Hillsborough Warner
WalkWalking for part or all of your commute is a great way to save money, help the environment, reduce stress and make our communities more livable. You’ll spend less time sitting in your car contributing to traffic and more time being active outdoors. You may find there are many short trips in your day-to-day that can be done without your car. Give it a try!
TelecommuteTelecommuting, or working from home or a remote location, is an increasingly popular option that not only cuts all costs and time spent on commuting, but can also improve your job satisfaction and productivity. Whether it be every day, once or twice a week, occasionally, or in emergency situations, telecommuting might be the right choice for you!
Some of the benefits include:
- Increased productivity
- Improve job satisfaction
- Reduce stress
- Employees work during peak performance times
- Reduce the demand for parking and office space
- Reduce wear and tear on commuting vehicle
- Reduce commuting costs
- Decrease traffic congestion and air pollution
Public TransitHopping on public transit is a great way of getting you out from behind the wheel, saving you money, reducing the stress of sitting in traffic, and giving you time to relax.
Concord Area TransitConcord Area Transit (CAT) provides public transportation in Concord from 6 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday. Visit the CAT website for more information or keep up to date with CAT on social media.
Concord Coach LinesConcord Coach Lines provides bus service between Concord, South Station and Logan Airport and numerous other service routes throughout New Hampshire and Maine. For information, visit the Concord Coast Line website.
Manchester Transit AuthorityManchester Transit Authority (MTA) provides regular bus service connecting Concord and Manchester, Monday through Saturday. This also includes access to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. For fares, schedules, and stop locations, visit the MTA website.
Some of the benefits of public transit include:
- Reduced parking demand and transportation issues for employers
- Save money on gas and maintenance on a daily commuter vehicle
- Make travel time productive
- Live a healthier lifestyle with additional exercise and less stress
- Reduce local traffic congestion
- Decreased air pollution
BikingEnjoy the fresh air and sunshine during your commute by cycling instead of sitting. Thinking of biking to work for the first time? Here’s how to get started.
Get a bike and test it outMake sure your bike fits you and meets your needs. This does not necessarily mean spending lots of money on a fancy rig, especially if your bike commute it short. Visit a bike shop, talk with a bicycling friend, and give your bike a test run or two ahead of time. Joining a group ride is a good way to get introduced to bicycling too.
Find a routeThe route you choose to ride may be different from the route you would take by car. You may choose to deviate from the most direct route to avoid traffic, hills, and to seek out a more enjoyable ride. If you’re unsure about your route, scout it out ahead of time by car or with an experienced bicyclist. If your commute is too far to bike, consider driving part way and riding the remainder. Most Concord Area Transit busses are equipped with easy to use bicycle racks and Park and Ride facilities are a good place to leave your car. Another option is to drive to work and bike home, then bike to work the next day and drive home.
End of trip facilitiesMake sure you have adequate bicycle parking at your workplace, and a bicycle lock. If your commute is longer than a few miles, a shower at your work place is a good thing. If you work in Downtown Concord, the YMCA is also an option.
SafetyBe sure to have lights and reflectors if you’ll be riding in the dark. A helmet and bright clothing are always a good idea. Know that bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities as cars on New Hampshire roadways.
Regional Biking Resources
Central New Hampshire Bicycling CoalitionThe Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition (CNHBC) is a volunteer based organization that provides education and promotes bicycling in Concord and surrounding communities. CNHBC organizes many events and projects, including an Annual Bike Swap and safety classes. Visit the CNHBC website for more information. CNHBC
Bike-Walk Alliance of New HampshireThe Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to develop a network of safe biking and walking routes throughout NH that connect neighborhoods, schools, businesses and points of interest in order to encourage recreation, health and wellness, alternative transportation and create a greater sense of community. Additionally, the Bike-Walk Alliance of NH promotes safe cycling and walking by educating residents, businesses and government on the advantages of active transportation. Bike-Walk Alliance
Granite State WheelmenThe Granite State Wheelmen is an adult recreational bicycling club that offers organized weekday and weekend group rides. Granite State Wheelmen
Bike Racks on Public TransportationTake your bike on public transportation. Most Concord Area Transit (CAT) buses are equipped to carry bicycles. Contact CAT for more information. Concord Area Transit (CAT)
Central NH Biking TrailsConcord – Lake Sunapee Rail Trail Merrimack River Greenway Trail Northern Rail Trail
Bike Commuting TipsBicycling Rules and Regulations The League of American Bicyclists Tip Sheet Concord Bicycle Parking
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