About commuteSMART

Why Commute Smart

There are many reasons to walk, ride your bike, take the bus, or share a ride to work. You’ll be happier, healthier, and wealthier when you choose one of these smart commuting options. Driving in traffic and bad weather, and worries about breakdowns cause stress. Gas and car maintenance is very expensive. Smart commuting is better. And, all the commuteSMARTseacoast options are great for a cleaner, greener Seacoast.

Do your part by commuting smart! Even if it’s just one or two days a week..

Overview of Mission, Services, & Funding

Mission

To promote smart commuting options – carpooling, vanpooling, transit, bicycling, walking, and teleworking-  that will support a livable and economically vibrant greater Seacoast community.

CommuteSMARTseacoast is a TMA (Transportation Management Association) comprised of employer members. Membership is free and open to any employer in the Greater Seacoast region of New Hampshire.

  • Services include:
    • Confidential online carpool and vanpool matching service 
    • On-site educational events and materials about carpooling, bicycling, transit, and teleworking
    • Individualized commuter transportation planning
    • CommuteSMARTclubregistered commuters who work for member employers are eligible for the Emergency Ride Home program (up to 6 free rides home if an emergency occurs during work) and monthly drawings for prizes.
    • Surveying and analyzing commuter transportation patterns and needs
    • Quarterly e-newsletter and email blasts
    • Regional commuter events and contests (e.g. “Bike/Walk to Work Week”, “Try Transit Week”, “Seacoast Commuter B2B Challenge”)
    • Workshops (e.g. bike safety, bike maintenance)
    • Advocating on regional transportation issues
    • Roundtables on commuting options and topics of common concern to members

Funding

Federal Department of Transportation (CMAQ) and NH Bureau of Turnpikes

Advisory Board & Staff

Staff:

Anne Rugg, Manager
Anne Rugg

Advisory Board Members:

  • Scott Bogle, Senior Transportation Planner, Rockingham Planning Commission
  • Tom Jarvela, Systems Trainer & Developer, IAPP
  • Rad Nichols, Executive Director, COAST
  • Natalie Pavlov, Business Operations Manager, Heinemann Publishing
  • Ned Savoie, Creative Director, Harbour Lights Strategic Marketing
  • Shayna Sylvia, Communications and Outreach Specialist, Strafford Regional Planning Commission
  • Juliet Walker,  Deputy Planning Director, City of Portsmouth

 

Member List

  • Bottomline Technologies
  • Bowst
  • Brazonics Inc
  • C & J
  • Calypso Communications
  • City of Dover
  • City of Portsmouth
  • City of Rochester
  • City of Somersworth
  • Chinburg Properties
  • COAST
  • Courtyard by Marriott – Portsmouth
  • Craft Brew Alliance (Redhook)
  • Direct Capital
  • Families First Health and Support Center
  • Great Bay Community College
  • Green Alliance
  • Harbour Lights Strategic Marketing
  • Heinemann Publishing
  • Hubspot
  • IAPP (International Assoc. of Privacy Professionals)
  • IPSUMM, Inc
  • John Hancock
  • Loftware Inc
  • LTC Partners
  • Lonza Biologics
  • National Passport Center/Wellness Committee
  • New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services
  • Newmarket an Amadeus Company
  • Oak Point Associates
  • Optima Bank and Trust
  • Papa Wheelies
  • Pax World Management LLC
  • Pease Development Authority
  • Piscataqua Savings Bank
  • Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce
  • Rockingham Planning Commission
  • Seacoast Media Group
  • Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel
  • SIG Sauer
  • Strafford Regional Planning Commission
  • TMS Architects
  • Tenant Association at Pease (TAP)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Timberland
  • Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Employees of member businesses are eligible for the Emergency Ride Home Program and can sign up on the secure commuteSMARTseacoast database.

If your employer is not yet a member, talk to your HR Manager (membership is free!) or contact us.

Resources

Bike Walk Alliance of New Hampshire – a voice for NH bicyclists and pedestrians

Commute by Bike – website with tips,news, reviews and safety for bike commuters

Granite State Wheelman – statewide bicycling club

SABR (Seacoast Area Bicycle Riders) – advocacy group enhancing bicycle routes in Seacoast NH and southern Maine and encouraging bike ridership at all levels

League of American Bicyclists – through information, advocacy and promotion, create a bicycle-friendly America for everyone.  Fantastic resource.

Women Bike (League of American Bicyclists) – national advocacy initiative to engage, encourage, and elevate more women bicyclists.

Women Cycling Project – association of pedestrian and bicycling professionals working to encourage more women to bike more places more often.