Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning

Pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure is improving in the region but motorized travel continues to dominate the transportation network. While motor vehicles provide an indispensable component of our transportation system, travel by foot and bicycle are also essential elements.  These modes of travel are efficient, affordable, healthy and environmentally sound, and their increased usage will provide more transportation choices, a more complete local and regional transportation system, and contribute to more vibrant and attractive communities.
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.


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Mine Falls Park, Nashua

Photo For NRPC By James Walsh

Some Useful Links...

NHDOT Bike/Ped Webpage

NHDOT Safe Routes to School Webpage


Design Guidelines & Pedestrian Facilities

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



Organizations, Coalitions & Partnerships

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


Transportation & Land Use Planning

Smart Growth America

Transportation for America



Walking & Bicycling Assessments

Guide to Conducting Walkability and Bikeability Assessments in New
Hampshire Communities

New Jersey DOT Complete Streets Checklist


Matt Waitkins, Senior Transportation Planner
603-424-2240 x18



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1 in 7 (about 14%) of all car trips in the region are one mile in length, a comfortable distance for walking and bicycle trips. 




Key amenities & design elements that make for a more walkable, bike friendly street

  • Narrowed Travel Lanes
  • Public Art & Amenities
  • Bike Lanes
  • Street Furniture
  • Street Trees/Green Esplanades
  • Good Building Design






Noteworthy Projects and Areas in the Region: