The priority of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission is to encourage a shift from motorized to non-motorized travel. The idea is to substitute bicycling and walking for driving an automobile for personal errands, as well as for visiting friends and the commute to work, whenever possible. Research has shown that where investment in pedestrian and bicycle facilities has occurred, rates of non-motorized travel are significantly higher than the national average. It is therefore reasonable to assume that some percentage of personal trips now being conducted via motor vehicle in the region could be shifted to non-motorized modes if proper facilities and encouragement were provided.
NRPC staff created the following story map which explores how the concept of Complete Streets applies to the communities in the NRPC region. It provides data-driven maps that illustrate existing conditions in the region and covers success stories and potential projects to make the region more friendly to pedestrians, cyclists, and other forms of active transportation.
Click the picture below to view the story map.
Some Useful Links...
- Federal Highway Administration: Small Towns and Rural Multi-modal Networks
- Federal Highway Administration Small Town and Rural Design Guide
- PACTS Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System
- Washington County Bicycle Facility Design Toolkit
- Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Guide
- NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide
- Portland Bicycle Master Plan for 2030, Appendix D
- FHWA, Bicycle Facilities and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
- Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire
- Friends of the Souhegan Valley Rail Trail
- New Hampshire Rail Trails Coalition
- Granite State Wheelers
- The National Center for Bicycling and Walking
- League of American Bicyclists
- Associations of Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
- Rails to Trail Conservancy
- National Complete Streets Coalition
- Safe Routes to School National Partnership
- Context Sensitive Solutions Clearinghouse
- Cities for Cycling