CommuteSmart Lakes Region is a program of Lakes Region Planning Commission in coordination with CommuteSmart NH. The mission of CommuteSmart Lakes Region is to increase transportation options and mobility for all residents and employees in New Hampshire’s Lakes region. Smart Commuting takes many forms including ridesharing, telecommuting, bicycling, walking and carpooling. These options can save you money, reduce wear and tear on your vehicle and on our highways, limit your environmental impact, and make those long commutes go by more quickly.
Team up with your co-workers, neighbors, family members, or friends and start ridesharing! Don’t know where to start? Check out NH Rideshare’s free ride matching service for regular commutes or a one-time trip. Click on the icons to get more information on other transportation options.
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.
Building Volunteer Networks
Do you have your own car? Can you spare a few hours a week to help members of your community safely travel to their healthcare services and live healthier lives?
Tri-County Transit (TCT) operates a Long Distance Medical Program that transports passengers who have no other way to get to their medical appointments. Volunteer drivers are an important component of our operations, helping us increase access to healthcare. We currently transport passengers to many medical facilities in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
Through our volunteer program, LDM, Tri-County Transit is currently seeking volunteer drivers to help passengers reach their medical appointments. Volunteering is an excellent way to give back to your community while setting your own hours. For every trip you complete, you will be reimbursed 54 cents per mile.
If you’re interested in pursuing the rewarding task of volunteering with TCT, fill out the form on the right. Our Service Coordinator will contact you soon to discuss the possibility of joining our LDM team. You could be taking trips in as little as two weeks!
The WOW Trail is a paved, 10 feet wide, rail-with-trail in the City of Laconia. Currently 1.3 miles long, the Trail spans from Elm Street in Lakeport to North Main Street near downtown Laconia. A portion of this phase, located between Bisson Avenue and Lyford Street, is adjacent to Messer street. In this area, the sidewalk was widened and bike lanes added. View the Trail Map.
Cotton Valley Rail Trail
The Cotton Valley Rail Trail starts at the old Wolfeboro Train Station and goes for about 11 miles into Wakefield, NH. It’s a beautiful trail, following the old railroad tracks but occasionally veering off and winding through the woods before returning back to the tracks. Along the way you’ll go by lakes and ponds, old train depots, and more. It’s a beautiful place to go for a walk, run, or bike ride. View the Trail Map.
Winnipesaukee River Trail
This five-mile pedestrian/biking trail links Tilton, Northfield and Franklin along the Winnipesaukee River. The trail affords views of the Winnepesaukee River including a spectacular view of a gorge frequently used for whitewater kayaking. The area contains many historic and cultural sites including an old railroad trestle, the Sulphite Bridge ( an upside down railroad bridge on the National Register of Historic Sites), remains of old paper mills. View the Trail Map.
Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail
Phase 1 begins at the Laconia city line and travels over an existing sidewalk turning on to Leslie E. Roberts Drive. It then quickly turns onto Horse Point Road and onto NH DOT land traversing through the woods on land that at one time was slated to be the extension to Franklin of the Laconia By-Pass, but now held as conservation land. Continuing, the trail turns down to the former B&M Railroad (now NHDOT) railroad tracks, across a trail easement donated by Sun Lake Village, and runs along Lake Winnisquam in the rail corridor. Finally, the trail turns onto an easement at Osborne’s Agway to its end at the Daniel Webster Highway. The trail is 1.7 miles long with a maximum grade of 8 percent. View the Trail Map.
Friends of the Northern Rail Trail – Merrimack County
The Friends group has the goal of extending, maintaining and promoting the Northern Rail Trail from Danbury to Boscawen in Merrimack County, NH. Construction of the Northern Rail Trail has now been completed as a four-season rail trail for the entire length of the state-owned right-of-way from Lebanon, NH on the north through Danbury, Wilmot, Andover, Franklin, and Boscawen, NH all the way to River Road near the Hannah Dustin Monument and park-and-ride lot on NH Route 4 in Boscawen. View the Trail Map.
- at the intersection of High St. and Route 4 in Danbury Center: N 43° 31’ 35” , W 71° 51′ 48”
At this trail access point The Danbury Country Store serves as a welcome/hospitality center for all users of the Rail Trail. In addition to toilet facilities the store offers a wide range of food and drink. The store is located just across the street (Route 4) from the trail.
- at the Potter Place R.R. Station, Depot St. in Potter Place: N 43° 26′ 10.1”, W 071° 51′ 19.1”
- at the Blackwater Park 0.5 miles S. of Routes. 4 & 11 on Lawrence St., Andover: N 43° 26′ 01.4”, W 071° 49′ 16.3″
- at the Fire Station on Channel Road at Highland Lake in E. Andover (parking at the fire station is not permitted): N 43° 27′ 31.6”, W 71° 44′ 53.3”
- at the intersection with Dyer’s Crossing Road, East Andover: N 43° 28′ 18.3”, W 071° 43′ 28.5”
- at the intersection of Chance Pond Road and Rte 11 at Webster Lake: N 43° 27′ 33.50”, W 71° 51′ 53.50”
- where the trail crosses Holy Cross Road at Webster Place: N 43° 24′ 24”, W 71° 39′ 11”
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. 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
Serving: Coos, Carroll, and northern Grafton Counties.
Tri-County Transit is a public transportation organization in northern New Hampshire. We are a division of a large 501c human services agency that provides elder, disabled, low income, and general public transportation. Please feel free to browse our page and ask any questions about our services.
The bus may have to deviate so departure times are approximate. This Route deviates up to 1/4 mile from scheduled route as long as it is safe to do so. Riders are encouraged to call ahead for pickup times at locations between scheduled stops.
Flag downs are welcomed if safety allows.
Fares – $2.00 Each Way
Hours of Operation: 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
View the schedule here.
Concord Coach provide transit to Ossipee, Center Harbor, Meredith, Tilton, and Plymouth. View the schedule here.
Biking and Walking for part or all of your commute is a great way to save money, help the environment, 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 that there are many short trips in your day-to-day that can be done without your car. Give it a try!
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 is short. Visit a bike shop, talk with a bicycling friend, and give your bike a test run or two ahead of time.
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 more enjoyable route. 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. Park and Ride facilities are a good place to leave your car. Another option is to drive to work, 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.
Safety: 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.
You can help to identify where people are riding and walking in the Lakes Region by using the STRAVA App. It’s free, click to learn more and download at https://www.strava.com/mobile
Rail Trails in the Lakes Region
Lakes Region Bicycle Routes
View a map of bicycle routes in the lake region. Call the Lakes Region Planning Commission for a paper copy of this regional map at 603-279-8171.
Laconia Area Bike Exchange (LABE)
The Goal of the Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange (LABE) is to provide a means of inexpensive alternative transportation in the form of refurbished used bicycles, made available to people who would benefit with greater mobility as it relates to work, family and personal living.
Visit their website for additional information.
Ashland Re-Cycle Program
The Re-cycle program collects bicycles from the town transfer station or by donations, refurbishes them and distributes them to town residents in need. Used bicycles are acquired from transfer stations, as well as from donations by the Recycled Cycles program of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, S&W Sports of Concord, Raven Recycling, and individual community members. In just two years, more than 108 bikes have been distributed to community members through the Ashland and Plymouth Community Centers, as well as Ladders Thrift Store in Plymouth.
Rules of the Road
Be safe and know the rules of the road with the following commuter tips:
- Tips and information from the League of American Bicyclist.
Hover over the icons above for more information.
- Center Harbor
- New Hampton