Hinsdale, N.H. eyed for free bike racks

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HINSDALE, N.H. >> The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation and the Southwest Region Planning Commission are seeking businesses and organizations in Troy and Hinsdale to participate in Rack it Up!, a community based bike rack initiative that works to increase bicycle infrastructure and bike parking space availability in the Monadnock Region.

Over the past two years, the Rack it Up! Program has provided 230 secure bicycle parking spaces in Keene and Swanzey at locations such as Monadnock Food Co-Op, Savings Bank of Walpole, Stratton Free Library, and Brewbakers Café.

Due to the program's success, NH Magazine featured Rack it Up! in its "Best of New Hampshire" 2015 awards. Keith Thibault, Chief Development Officer for Southwestern Community Services, and a 2014 program participant, says Rack it Up! helped to address bicycle parking needs for employees.

"Before (our employees) had to chain their bikes to a tree or a fence. Now they know they have a secure and convenient place where they can place their bikes."

Bicycling is an affordable, and increasingly popular mode of transportation that has significant community health and environmental benefits. Expanding parking options to include cyclists also accommodates a wider range of users and supports healthy lifestyles.

To apply, go to www.mastnh.org/rackitup, or contact Liz Kelly for more information.


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