The Second Annual Commuter Challenge is Back!
CommuteSmart Central NH invites you to participate in the second annual CommuteSmart Commuter Challenge! During the week of May 15th-19th log all of your smart commute trips taken in place of driving a single occupancy vehicle. Try walking, biking, transit, carpool, or telecommuting!
Log your Trips!
Log in or sign up to log all of your trips taken between May 15th and May 19th. You’ll be able to compete with others around the Region and be eligible to win prizes. All trips must be logged by 11:59 PM on Monday, May 22nd.
Stop by and Say Hi!
Stop by to say hi, get a snack, and grab some SWAG at one of our two commuter tables- the Energy Pit Stop and the Commuter Breakfast. We’ll sign you up for our trip logger if you haven’t already and you can record your trips for us to enter for you.
Central NH Events
Energy Pit Stop
Tuesday, May 16th
State House Plaza
Friday, May 19th
State House Plaza
Wondering 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 Program
Worried 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?
- 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)
NOT Included as an Emergency:
- 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
The Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. (CAPBMCI) Volunteer Driver Program (VDP) provides door-to-door service as well as feeder service to public transportation for persons 60 years and older as well as persons experiencing disabilities. To utilize this program, contact CAPBMCI dispatch at 603-225-1989 or e-mail email@example.com to complete the intake process. To become a volunteer driver, call the Volunteer Driver Coordinator at 603-224-8043 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central NH Park and Ride Locations
Walking 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!
Telecommuting, 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
Hopping 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 Transit
Concord 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 Lines
Concord 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 Authority
Manchester 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
Enjoy 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 out
Make 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 route
The 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 facilities
Make 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.
Be 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 Coalition
The 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.
Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire
The 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.
Granite State Wheelmen
The Granite State Wheelmen is an adult recreational bicycling club that offers organized weekday and weekend group rides.
Bike Racks on Public Transportation
Take your bike on public transportation. Most Concord Area Transit (CAT) buses are equipped to carry bicycles. Contact CAT for more information.
Central NH Biking Trails
Bike Commuting Tips
Hover over the icons above for more information.