May is National Bike Month, and RPC is working with area businesses, municipalities, SRPC and SABR on a slate of activities to encourage Seacoasters to try alternative commutes. The Seacoast’s Annual Bike/Walk to Work Day is Friday May 19. Ride your bike or walk to work and stop in at one of eleven free Commuter Breakfasts around the region. Breakfast locations include Dover, Durham/UNH, Exeter, Kittery, Newmarket, North Hampton, Pease TradePort, Portsmouth, Rye and Stratham.
To add some friendly competition, commuteSMARTSeacoast is holding their annual spring Business to Business (B2B) Challenge May 1– 31. Sign up your workplace, and rally your co-workers to bike, walk, carpool, ride transit or telecommute for a day, a few days, or all month.
In 2016 over 450 commuters walked or bicycled to one of the breakfast events; and the Corporate Commuter Challenge engaged 20 companies and avoided 3,382 auto miles and 3,281 lbs of CO2. Between 2000 and 2013 the City of Portsmouth actually had one of the largest increases in bicycle commuting in the country, increasing 536% between 2000 and 2013 (U.S. Census, League of American Bicyclists)
For more information on Bike/Walk to Work Day visit: www.seacoastbikes.org/bike-walk-to-work-day.html