Organizations and Programs Helping Build the Local Cycling Community

Via MAST

Groups across the Monadnock Region and the State are helping build the local cycling community, through offering cycling-related programming, developing safe cycling infrastructure, advocating for cyclist needs, and more.

Local Groups

The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MAST) is a coalition of organizational and individual members focused on sustainable transportation solutions in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire.  MAST recognizes the broad impacts that our transportation system has on individuals and communities – everything from jobs to cost of living, health and beyond.

The City of Keene Bicycle and Pedestrian Pathway Advisory Committee (BPPAC) promotes communication and exchange of ideas and concerns among users of the City’s bicycle/pedestrian facilities and local officials; makes reports and recommendations to the city council and city staff with respect to the development and management of bicycle/pedestrian facilities; serves as an advocate for the interest in bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure; assists with publicity for the bicycle/pedestrian system; and more. The BPPAC meets the second Wednesday of every month. Meetings are open to the public.

Pathways for Keene

Pathways for Keene, Inc. (PFK) is a non-profit, 501 c (3), group of volunteers promoting the development, maintenance and enhancement of active transportation in the City of Keene, NH.

Monadnock Cycling Club

The mission of the Monadnock Cycling Club is to “promote, organize, educate, and facilitate safe and enjoyable bicycling in the Monadnock Region with representation of all interests in the cycling community.” Check the MCC Facebook page for the status of group rides. You can become a member of MCC on the group’s BikeReg page.

New England Mountain Bike Association, Brattleboro-Keene Chapter (BK NEMBA)

Brattleboro-Keene NEMBA was founded in 2009 as a chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association in order to better advocate for improved access to trail networks in the region. BK-NEMBA currently has 117 members.  The New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) has 27 chapters and more than 5,000 members throughout New England. Its mission is to promote responsible mountain biking and to protect and preserve New England trails and open spaces.  Every year, NEMBA leads about a thousand recreational rides, runs hundreds of trail care events, and hosts about a dozen mountain bike festivals across New England.

BK-NEMBA has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Keene to maintain trails throughout City parks, and also steward other trails in the Keene and Brattleboro area, including Stonewall Farm, Living Memorial Park in Brattleboro, and trails on other private lands. Additional information can be found at https://www.nemba.org/chapters/bknemba

Keene Bike Park

The Keene Bike Park is a joint project of Brattleboro-Keene NEMBA and the City of Keene to build a fun, family-oriented park where people of all ages can learn, play, and enjoy bike-related activities. In 2020 BK-NEMBA will be designing, building, and donating a bike park to the City of Keene. This bike park will provide a safe, fun, and challenging place for bike riders of all ages to learn and develop their mountain biking skills. The Bike Park is still under construction and seeking donations.

Critical Mass Keene

A group bike ride to celebrate and promote cycling in Keene, NH.  Rides like this are held monthly in cities throughout the U.S. and around the world. Although group rides aren’t currently scheduled, you can sign up to receive updates about future rides.

Monadnock Rail Trail Collaborative

An informal group made up of representatives of local municipalities, non-profits and volunteers that recognize the value in collaborating on shared goals and interests for improving regional rail trails. The objective is to restore and maintain the Cheshire, Ashuelot, and Fort Hill Rail Trails throughout the Monadnock Region.

Green Bikes at Keene State College

Green Bikes at Keene State College provides bicycle transportation and education to the Keene area community, operates a community bike repair shop, a bicycle lending program, and education programs on maintenance, repairs, and safety.

BF Community Bike Project

A non-profit community bike center in Bellows Falls, VT that provides community access to reclaimed bicycles and bike repair skills, encouraging safe bicycling as a means of affordable transportation, self-sufficiency, and overall wellness.

Cycling without Age, Monadnock Chapter 

Would you like to see a Cycling Without Age chapter in the Monadnock Region? E-mail Todd Horner at thorner@swrpc.org if you’re interested in discussing and learning more.

Statewide Groups

Bike Walk Alliance NH

Bike-Walk Alliance of NH advocates for policies, laws and conditions that increase safety and accessibility for bicyclists and pedestrians. It also works to educate all road users about the responsible use of New Hampshire’s roadways, sidewalks, bike paths and rail trails. One of their goals is to become the statewide voice of bicyclists and pedestrians as well as serve as a clearinghouse for information and resources about biking and walking in the Granite State.

NH Rail Trails Coalition

A statewide group with a mission “to promote the development, maintenance and active use of trails constructed on New Hampshire’s railroad corridors.”

Commute Smart NH

CommuteSmart NH is dedicated to encouraging and assisting people to choose sustainable transportation options in place of driving alone. Partners actively support the development and provision of strategies and policies to reduce travel demand across the state including walking, bicycling, carpooling, telecommuting, and using public transportation. CommuteSmart NH is a partnership between the state’s regional planning commissions, state agencies, and various non-profit transportation-oriented programs, working in collaboration with transit providers and businesses.

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