Hey Seacoast bicycle friends,
The Ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the new Memorial Bridge took place on Thursday, August 8 at 11am. Former Portsmouth Mayor Eileen Foley who, as a five year old, cut the ribbon for the original Memorial Bridge on August 17, 1923 once again cut the ribbon for the brand new bridge, and there were speeches from both NH & Maine DOT Commissioners, Governor Hassan and Senators Shaheen & Ayotte from New Hampshire and Collins from Maine.
After the ceremony the bridge was opened to bikes and pedestrians for a couple hours before the bridge opened to vehicular traffic and hundreds of people took advantage of the opportunity to check out the new bridge.
The new Memorial Bridge pays homage to the original in structure and design. It also incorporates some modern elements and moves the design forward into the future. For cyclists and drivers, there is a solid concrete surface across the entire span, 11-foot lanes and 5-foot shoulders on each side to the curbs. For pedestrians, there are 6-foot sidewalks with four additional 4-foot bump outs for viewing. In short, the new bridge has arguably better facilities than most Seacoast roadways!
Spring is coming up fast – Yeah there’s snow on the ground now, but not for long! With warm weather returning and gas prices likely to clear $4.00 again this summer, make this the spring you try leaving your car at home and start having more fun getting to work!
The Seacoast’s 12th Annual Bike/Walk to Work Day is Friday May 16th. Ride your bike or walk to work, and stop in at one of ten free Commuter Breakfasts around the region. Enjoy a delicious free continental breakfast and sign-in to enter a raffle of great prizes donated by local businesses!
Breakfast locations include Dover, Durham/UNH, Exeter, Lee, Newmarket, North Hampton, Pease TradePort, Portsmouth Downtown, Rye and Stratham. Participate in the Tour de Breakfast and stop at all of them!
Join Us for Breakfast!
The week of May 12th-16th will also see the Commute Green NH Challenge and the Seacoast Corporate Commute Challenge. Sign up your workplace, and rally your co-workers to bike or walk for one day or five. Four size categories for small (1-15 employees), medium sized (16-199 employees), large (200-999 employees), and extra-huge (1000+ employee) workplaces.
Keep an eye out for more info in the coming weeks about free online registration for both the breakfasts and the commuter challenges.
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Notes of Interest
Bike/Walk to Work Day Group Commutes
Market Square - Pease
Dover - Pease - Portsmouth
7:30 - 8:45 - 9:15AM
Newmarket - Durham
Tour de Breakfast "Bus Schedule"
7AM - Newmarket - Exeter
8AM - Exeter Bandstand - Timberland
8:25 -Timberland - North Hampton
9:00 - Gus' - Rye - Portsmouth
9:30 - Arrive Market Square
Bike Route Between Portsmouth-Kittery Without Memorial Bridge