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Seacoast Bike/Walk to Work Day &

Corporate Commuter Challenge

May 12-16, 2014

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The Seacoast's 12th annual Bike/Walk to Work Day is coming up May 16th, 2014. This year Seacoast residents have more ways than ever to join the healthy, dollar-saving, congestion reducing, breeze-in-your-face fun.

SABR is again partnering with two regional planning commissions, COAST, UNH, local bike shops and other businesses to sponsor twelve free alternative commuter breakfasts in communities all around the Seacoast on Friday May 16th. Commuters who leave their cars at home can enjoy breakfasts around the region:

Free Commuter Breakfasts - May 16th 7:00-10:00am

  • Dover at Dover Cyclery
  • Dover at Philbricks Sports
  • Durham/UNH at Murkland Courtyard (in front of Dimond Library)
  • Exeter at the Town Bandstand
  • Kittery at Kittery Family Practice (across from Loco Coco's)
  • Lee at Stevens Field
  • Newmarket at The Bike Factory
  • North Hampton at Gus International Bike Shop
  • Pease at Grill 28 at the Golf Course
  • Portsmouth Downtown at Popovers
  • Rye at Rye Public Library
  • Stratham at Timberland

See this Map for exact locations.

"Biking or walking are great ways to get where you need to go. Gas is going to clear $4.00/gallon again this summer, so leaving your car at home will save you a lot of money. You're also fitting a workout into a busy day, reducing your pollution footprint, and avoiding traffic jams." said Josh Pierce, president of SABR. "Here on the Seacoast, we're blessed with relatively flat terrain, stunning scenery, and several great public transportation options, making car-free commuting a great idea."

Corporate Commuter Challenge - May 12th-16th

2013 marked the 7th Annual Seacoast Corporate Commuter Challengeevent, adding some friendly competition to Bike/Walk to Work Day. The event challenges Seacoast employers to compete to see who can have the most employees ride or walk to work. This year its the week of May 12th to May 16th.

Winners of the 2013 Commute Challenge included UNH in the major institution division (1000+ employees); Serco-National Visa Center n the Large Employer division (200-l999 employees); the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) in the medium sized workplace division (16-199); and Papa Wheelies Bike Shop for small workplaces (up to 15 employees). Congratulations!

If you'd like to get your company involved for 2014 please contact us here, we'll tell you all about the corporate challenge event and get you all the support materials you need (flyers, posters, fact-sheets) to promote the event at your company!

Find out how to Spread the Word at Your Company.

More Information on the Corporate Commuter Challenge

The goals of Bike/Walk to Work Day are to promote bicycling as a healthy and safe way to get to work, decrease traffic congestion, improve air quality, and raise public awareness of opportunities to improve bike facilities around the State.

This Summer Have More Fun on Your Commute!

SABR Successes

1. Portsmouth/Pease Bike/Ped Bridge: SABR's first big milestone came in 2000 when our efforts helped complete this $800,000 Bridge linking downto Pease International Tradeport just off the Portsmouth Traffic Circle.

2. Bike/Walk to Work Day: Third Friday every May since 2002 with 10+ Bike/Ped Commuter Breakfasts around the Seacoast.

3. NH Seacoast Greenway: SABR provided the matching funding that started work in 2007. Now the official NH on-road portion of the East Coast Greenway (ECG) with work towards an off-road route on the railway.

4. Memorial Bridge: The new Memorial Bridge has better bike/ped facilities then neary any roadway in the region: a fully-paved surface, 5-foot shoulders and 6-foot sidewalks.

5. Sarah Long Bridge: SABR is pushing for adequate bike/ped facilities on the Sarah Long Bridge when it is replaced - on a bridge which for the past 60 years has had none.

6. Pease Multi-Use Path: For 8 years SABR worked with the Tenant Association at Pease and the Pease Development Authority to get this project built as originally planned. A $5000 SABR Challenge Grant helped generate over $12000, which was enough to fill the final funding gap on a project to be completed in Summer 2014.

7. Seacoast VeloKids: The Seacoast VeloKids program is a free after-school program that is teaching elementary, middle school, and soon high school kids to ride mountain bikes in the woods. 

8. Bicycle Benefits: SABR is spearheading the implementation of the Bicycle Benefits program – a Shop by Bicycle program that provides discounts at local member businesses to cyclists with Bicycle Benefit helmet stickers.

9. Bicycle Friendly Community Program (BFC): SABR is working with Seacoast cities and town, like Portsmouth, which now is  actively seeking to become an official Bicycle Friendly Community.

10. Portsmouth Criterium: In 2005 SABR provided the nest egg and financial framework to start this popular event, and our non-profit status has allowed the race to grow and thrive.