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‘Green’ Transportion Efforts Win Awards

Lebanon — Dartmouth College, the city of Lebanon, the Lebanon School District and Hartland resident David Conant were recently honored by the Upper Valley Transportation Management Association.

The association, a program of Vital Communities, honors several organizations and individuals each year for making it easier to bike, walk, carpool, and ride the bus in the Upper Valley.

Dartmouth College won this year’s large workplace award for its transportation program, which includes vanpools, an internal carpool matching website and free shower passes for cyclists and walkers.

Lebanon School District was named small workplace of the year for its Safe Routes to School program, the use of bio-diesel in school buses and a commuter incentive club.

Conant won the commuter of the year award for commuting to Kendal at Hanover on an electric-assist bicycle.

“We who work in this industry sometimes joke that change in the world of transportation occurs very slowly. But the many nominations we received for overall Transportation Project of the Year show that our region is making great progress toward becoming a more livable, sustainable community,” Aaron Brown, transportation program manager at Vital Communities, said in a news release last week.

The city of Lebanon received the award for “multiple, well-coordinated projects that make Lebanon a safer place to bike and walk.”

The city’s biking and walking infrastructure saw major upgrades this past year, including the new separated multi-use path on Mount Support Road, the association said.

Lebanon continues to gather input from local residents on pedestrian concerns and is in the process of holding a series of neighborhood walkabouts with City staff and residents.

Members of the Transportation Management Association include local municipalities, transit agencies, major employers and three regional planning commissions. — Staff report