Rack It Up!, a program created by Healthy Monadnock partner, Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MAST), and implemented by Southwest Region Planning Commission (SWRPC) has installed 54 new bicycle racks in three towns: Walpole, Harrisville and Jaffrey. These racks can accommodate a total of 108 bicycles. Plus, Winchester is on track to install 28 bike racks, which can accommodate 56 bicycles. In addition, the Town of Winchester is on track to install 28 bicycle racks, which can accommodate 56 bicycles.
These new bicycle racks bring the total number of bike racks installed by Rack it Up! In the Monadnock Region to 301, for a total of 602 parking spaces in 80 locations throughout Keene, Swanzey, Hinsdale, Troy, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Walpole and Winchester.
The bicycle racks were paid for by a Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) grant awarded by the Centers for Disease Control for the Healthy Monadnock initiative.
There are vulnerable populations living in Keene and other towns who do not own cars and depend on bicycles for transportation, noted Mari Brunner, a planner for the Southwest Region Planning Commission (SWRPC). The Rack It Up! program’s mission, she said, is to promote bicycling as a safe and convenient transportation option by increasing both the number and visibility of bike racks in communities in the Monadnock region. Brunner said that the organization is in the process of creating a guide for employers about promoting walking, bicycling and other forms of active transportation.
Learn more by visiting: www.monadnocktma.org/rackitup
Photo: Two bike racks in Hinsdale.