Now’s your chance to score an incredible electric assist gravel bike and other prizes in the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail Raffle. Donations are $25 per ticket, or 5 for $100. Limited to 2500 tickets. The raffle drawing will be held May 19, 2024 at 3pm at Cafe One East in Warner, NH. You do not need to be present at the drawing to win.
Check back here for additional prizes leading up to the raffle drawing.
Tickets can be purchased online using the PayPal buttons below:
$100 for 5 Tickets:
Electric assist gravel bike You will want to ride all the rail trails and gravel bike rides with this Bianchi Impulso E-Allroad GRX 600. A gorgeous bike donated by S&W Sports with a value at the time of donation of $3,099. This bike is a size medium.
One Week in a private condo in North Conway, NH.
Go on a balloon ride! Take to the skies at sunrise for a spectacular experience that lasts approximately one hour ~ Sailing in three dimensions! The complete excursion is approximately 3 hours. The flight experience concludes with a Champagne or Sparkling Cider Toast. (Weather dependent and passengers must be physically fit to participate and get in the basket safely) $600 value Voucher good for one year.
Spend a day on the Atlantic Ocean! From home port of Manchester-by-the-Sea you can go to Gloucester, through the Annisquam canal to Crane’s Beach, or down to Marblehead or Boston. If the weather is right a trip to Provincetown to whale watch is possible. The boat comes with a captain and can accommodate up to 4 guests.
2-Day Weekend in a private condo in North Conway, NH
The weekend after Mothers Day is a busy one for us. We try to support both Spring Into Warner and the CNHBC Bike Swap at S&W Sports in Concord. This year our tent was up at Spring Into Warner.
Market Days in Concord
Intown Concord puts on a fantastic event in June where Main St is closed to traffic and people from all over the region turn out to see what Concord has to offer. Come see us in 2024 at Market Days.
The Kearsarge Klassic is a gravel ride put on by GRVL.NET each August. It starts and finishes at Cafe One East in downtown Warner, NH. We look forward to staffing the rest stop at Potter Place along the Northern Rail Trail in Andover. We talk with the 300 participants about how we are working to deliver a similar great riding experience with our trail. And the grilled PB & Bacon sandwiches are a rider favorite.
Sierra Club Rail Trail Event
In early September we co-hosted an event on the Concord section of the CLSRT. It was a chance for people to come to the trail for a short talk with Q&A followed by either a walk to the beaver deceiver or a bike ride on the rail trail.
Pedaling for Payson
This September event raises money for support for cancer patients at Concord Hospital. They have road courses, gravel courses and a mountain bike course. This year part of the course was on the Stevens Rail Trail section of the CLSRT. We really enjoyed talking with everyone and hope to be back next year.
Warner Fall Foliage Festival
Each Columbus Day weekend in October the Town of Warner holds is Fall Foliage Festival. You can find us on the front lawn of Cafe One East.
In 2023 a group consisting of the Warner Police Department (managers of the Rosa Valpey Trust Fund), Central NH Bicycle Coalition, the Bike-Walk Alliance of NH, S&W Sports, Cyr Lumber and the Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail donated a fleet of bicycles and related gear to the Kearsarge Regional School District so the PE teachers in the four elementary schools could teach all the kids in Kindergarten and first grade how to ride bikes. The fleet of bikes rotate from one school to the next. The result is every child in the seven town district will be taught how to ride in school.
In five weeks, with two classes per week, kids went from never having been on a bike to riding on a rail trail. See how they started on balance bikes – bikes with no pedals! – and then progress to riding with pedals. No training wheels involved.
We believe kids all learning to ride together with everyone using the same equipment creates a positive first introduction to cycling. We hope that fosters a desire to do more biking once the unit completes. The kids were having an absolute blast on this day and the teachers and staff supervising reported the unit had been very well received by everyone.
Area families looking for bicycles can take advantage of the annual spring bike swap sponsored by Central NH Bicycle Coalition every May – the weekend after Mothers Day. There are also multiple bike shops in Concord (S&W Sports, Trek) and many across the state.
Concord School District is next.
The Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail and Central NH Bicycle Coalition are working to bring this learn to ride program to the Concord School District. Like Kearsarge, the Concord School District has 4 elementary schools which can share a fleet of bikes. This keeps the bikes in use during more of the school year. We anticipate this will roll out in Concord in 2024.
As a rail trail organization we strive to provide safe and convenient places to become more comfortable riding a bike. We hope to see many young riders and their families on the trail in the years ahead.
We should stress that at the very beginning of the process we asked the school districts if this was something they were interested in pursuing. We worked closely with the districts in a supporting role to deliver a solution that met their needs. Sincere thanks to the folks in the districts for their time and encouragement.
We are hoping people will send a polite message to the Warner Selectboard between now and Sept 5th at 6:30 PM when the Selectboard will meet to decide to work with us on a $1.5 million dollar project to build a trail near I-89 Exit 9 and the businesses near there. Click here for the Call to Action You can select either the Warner Resident or Non-resident response. You can edit the text with your own thoughts or just click to send.
We look forward to seeing you at Market Days in Concord June 22, 23, 24 from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. This year our booth is at the corner of Pleasant St and S Main St, right in front of Pitchfork Records.
The Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail were awarded $1.2 million as part of the Federal Appropriations bill that passed Congress at the end of December 2022. The money is to go toward a project involving 2 new bridges and getting from one side of I-89 to the other near Exit 9 in Warner. Thanks are owed to Representative Annie Kuster who put the request into the federal budget.
This project is significant because it aims to create a safe and beautiful way to get from the west side of the interstate to the east side where there are lots of businesses near the roundabout and lots more businesses and destinations in the village of Warner. This project will provide a way to be off of Route 103 using sections of trail and low speed, low traffic side roads to reach the village.
A couple of key points:
Despite having a concept plan and most of the funding in place, the project has not yet begun. Its almost at step 1. Come learn about the process and the key moments we need you to show up if this project is going to keep progressing.
The matching funds, all $300,000 are being raised by donation, not by taxation.
Persistence pays off! Both the Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail and the Town of Hopkinton had applied to the NH Bureau of Trails for Recreational Trails Program funding for this project in previous years. In 2022 the Town applied again and this time received the grant. The partnership calls for the town to be supplying the in-kind labor and materials for this project while the Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail is providing the cash match of approximately $4,500.
This project creates a safe traffic separated connection from Houston Fields to the new sidewalks along Kearsarge Ave so students at the middle and high school have an easier more direct way to reach the library and playing fields. It also creates a walking loop using Pine St, Kearsarge Ave, and Houston Fields.
The Town of Hopkinton received its official notice to proceed in the second half of June 2023. Construction began mid October of 2023.
December of 2023 Update: We’ve been granted additional NH-CDFA Tax Credits! These are additional funds for Concord. NH Businesses, please consider supporting the Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail using Tax Credits.
December 31, 2022 Update: Our full allocation of Tax Credits has been purchased! Thank you to all the NH businesses that supported us.
The Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail is fortunate to have been selected by the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority for a Tax Credit award of $200,000 to help construct a 1.25 mile section of trail in Concord.
The portion in orange above is supported by Tax credits.
These tax credits can be used by businesses to pay the New Hampshire Business Profits Tax, The New Hampshire Business Enterprise Tax or the New Hampshire Insurance Premiums Tax. If your business pays any of these taxes to the state of New Hampshire please contact Tim Blagden (email@example.com) or George Hunton (firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-717-9116) at New Hampshire Community Finance Development Authority.
NH CDFA Tax Credits are a way to have more community impact with the very limited funds a business has to invest back into the community. A lot more impact. This is not just another way to make a donation to a worthy cause. They multiply the impact of your dollars and provide you with additional flexibility. They are simple to use. But they are for businesses only. Over 600 unique businesses have used NH CDFA Tax credits since 2016. Many come back again and again once they discover the impact they have.
Our project in Concord will complete the longest single section of trail we’ve built to date. Its a great section of trail taking users from Fisherville Rd (Rt 3 in Concord) to the RiverHill section of the city by the Contoocook River. Riverhill Market, Contoocook Kayak & Canoe, Murray Farms Greenhouse, Friends of Forgotten Children, the River Hill Grange and more are all near the west end of this project.
These businesses have already decided to help us with NH CDFA Tax Credits. We hope you will join them.
Thunderstorms are forecasted for the afternoon of July 28th so we made the decision this morning to postpone until August 11. Participants may run in Concord on Aug 11, or run in Bradford Aug 18, or run in Newbury Sept 15, or request a refund. We thank everyone for their understanding and flexibility. We hope to see you for a great event.