Anonymous donor grants $100,000 for improved bike, pedestrian transportation
The grants range between $5,000 and $25,000, according to Healthy Eating Active Living NH, a partner for the New Hampshire Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Program.
The program was established in 2013 through an anonymous donation via the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Municipal government and nonprofits with existing or planned projects were eligible to apply for the grants.
Johnson, in an interview at the start of the year, said New Hampshire is not immune to some troubling trends in obesity and overweight residents — children and adults. Improving local access to bicycle and pedestrian routes is a step in the right direction, he said.
Projects benefitting from the anonymous donor include:
• installation of lights on the Heritage Rail Trail in Nashua, from Nashua City Hall to nearby neighborhoods;
• retrofitting a parking lot in Lebanon to create a safer and separate bicyclist and pedestrian connection between the northern rail trail and the Mascoma River greenway.