HEAL awarded $20,000 in grant funds in April 2014 to four projects supporting active transportation in New Hampshire communities.
The programs/projects include: Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, YMCA of Greater Nashua, Friends of the Salem Bicycle-Pedestrian Corridor, and the Town of Warner.
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England:
Funds will be used to support the Recycled Cycles program, which engages female ex-offenders in bicycle repair, maintenance and work readiness training in order to increase their chance of obtaining and sustaining employment upon release. Recycled Cycles also encourages and educates female ex-offenders about safe and responsible use of bicycles as a safe and reliable mode of transportation.
The short term goals of the Recycled Cycle program are: 1) provide an on-going supply of reliable, low cost bicycles to the community; and 2) raise awareness about the health, environmental and cost benefits of cycling. The long term goals of the Recycled Cycle program are: 1) develop a self-sustaining community bicycle shop which sells reliable low cost bicycles to the community; 2) continue to provide bicycle repair and maintenance services; and 3) provide training and work readiness skills to Recycled Cycles participants.
YMCA of Greater Nashua:
Funding from the HEAL Active Transportation Program will be used to help the Nashua HEAL group’s Heritage Rail Trail project. Specifically, the funds will help it be designed in the most optimal and effective way for pedestrians and bicyclists by hiring a company to do a trail link feasibility study connecting the Will Street End of the Heritage Rail Trail to the Whipple Street entrance to Mine Falls Park.
As a result of the study, the long-term goal is that proper trail connections will make a safer and more usable passage between the Heritage Rail Trail through Mines Falls, thereby increasing the use of these trails for those that use the trail for their primary mode of transportation to reach the other side of Nashua as well as those that utilize the trail for recreational purposes. Once the feasibility study is completed, the group will finalize its route to connect the two trails and design trail signs (or whichever preferable method is recommended as a result of the feasibility study).
Friends of the Salem Bicycle-Pedestrian Corridor:
The short term goal of the Salem Bicycle-Pedestrian Corridor is to connect the existing bike-ped corridors in Windham NH and Methuen, MA by completing the 5.1 mile section through Salem. The project is needed to provide safe bicycle and walking options for businesses, residents, and bike commuters adjacent to the Route 28 corridor through Salem. The long term goal of the project is to have the corridor be part of the 115-mile Granite State Rail Trail between Methuen MA and Lebanon NH.
Town of Warner:
Funds will be used to clear the railroad grade located on town owned property at Bagley Field. The resulting 0.6 mile section will kick off development of the trail in town. The Warner Rail Trail will be part of the Concord and Lake Sunapee Rail Trail. This is the highest visibility section of the trail that is shovel ready in the town of Warner. Development of this section will show the town how transformative a rail trail can be and inspire the town to develop additional key sections. From this location we have two segments more to do to reach downtown. When complete this trail will link 5 town centers running from Pierce Manse in Concord to Lake Sunapee in Newbury. Warner has 10.5 miles of this rail line which will be developed in many phases.