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Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon in Epping

The Rockingham Rail Trail crossing of NH 125 in Epping now includes a pedestrian hybrid beacon, which enhances safety. FHWA explains how it works.


Allenstown Sidewalk Construction

Federally-funded sidewalk construction
Main St. Allenstown.

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Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) update

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) has received letters of intent from 56 potential sponsors of pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects supported with federal funds under the TAP program.

NHDOT will award $5 Million in federal funds awarded in this competitive transportation grant round to the successful New Hampshire communities.


Photo by John Corrigan, NHDOT Safe Routes to School Program coordinator

Swanzey complete street crosswalk

Swanzey: Complete Street Demonstration

photo credit: SWRPC/Samantha Gaudette

The Town of Swanzey became the 4th community in NH to adopt a Complete Streets policy

In October, the town of Swanzey became the fourth community in New Hampshire to adopt a Complete Streets policy. This small town of 7,300 is being held up as a model for other communities who are striving to provide planning guidelines that support roads designed for all modes of transportation, including bicyclists and pedestrians. Lessons learned are discussed in the HEAL Newsletter Article about Swanzey Complete Streets.

Keene Rethinks Marlboro Street Check out this YouTube video from the Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation .

US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
US Secretary of Transportation
Anthony Foxx

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces New Initiative to Enhance Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

On September 10, 2014, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a new initiative to reduce pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities through a comprehensive approach that addresses infrastructure safety, education, vehicle safety and data collection.

USDOT in 2010 encouraged States, local governments, professional associations, community organizations, public transportation agencies, and other government agencies, to adopt policy statements on bicycle and pedestrian accommodation as an indication of their commitment to accommodating bicyclists and pedestrians as an integral element of the transportation system." See the USDOT policy statement on bicycle and pedestrian accomodation regulations and recommendations.

"Now, this Department can help. And we will." Deputy USDOT Secretary Victor Mendez referring to road safety for people walking and bicycling.

FHWA's "Pursuing Equity in Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Planning:"

Five "Es" of Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Planning are Education, Engineering, Encouragement, Evaluation, Enforcement. In recent years, another "E", Equity, has emerged as an important consideration for developing connected multimodal systems that provide meaningful choices in transportation.

Concord Liberty Street Roundabout
Concord: at Center and Liberty


Roundabouts work in New Hampshire to increase capacity, reduce delay and virtually eliminate serious collisions. Most important for pedestrians, roundabouts can be designed to make New Hampshire roads and neighborhoods more accessible. The Department provides information on how to use a roundabout whether you walk, bicycle or drive a motor vehicle. This Youtube video about a Glens Falls, New York roundabout may remove all doubt in your community. A feature article in the ITE Journal explains the safety benefits of roundabouts.

Bicycle Tourists love New Hampshire

While "green" bicycle tourism leaves a small footprint in New Hampshire. New Hampshire's attractiveness to tourists may partly be our courteous New Hampshire motorists, as Robert Messenger from New York City found.

NH DRED's Travel and Tourism Bureau provides 5 reasons to drive your bicycle

the road with horses.

Keep Equestrians and Their Animals Safe.

How fast should you drive by a horse? How close should you get? Just think about how fast and close you want others to drive by your own animal. Check out this equestrian safety publc service announcement from Vermont. New Hampshire law requires vehicle operators to avoid frightening a horse.

Ann Poole provided this picture taken along Beard Road in Hillsborough.

Town of Hanover street re-striping

Innovative Pavement Markings

The Town of Hanover has clarified some of the rules of the road related to motorist/pedestrian/cyclist space through innovative pavement markings on Valley Road. Valley Road has no sidewalks and pedestrians have only the highway as a legal transportation option. This application includes a new sign explaining the rules of the road where sidewalks are not present along a highway.

See ORWs Memo regarding suggestion lanesSee FHWA's "Dashed Bicycle Lanes"

Beyond Traffic 2045

USDOT invites the American public—including the users, developers, owners, and operators of the transportation network and the policy officials who shape it—to have a frank conversation about the shape, size, and condition of that system and how it will meet the needs and goals of our nation for decades to come. Find out more at the Beyond Traffic webpage.

mother and child crossing street

Self-driving cars. What would it be like to be a pedestrian?

Actually, pretty good according to Adam Millard-Ball, assistant professor of environmental studies at UC Santa Cruz. A November 4, 2016 Science Blog explains why.


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