Pathways For Keene

Are you a local business that sells solar lighting? We want to talk to you! Please check out this Request for Proposal for solar lighting that we would like to purchase and donate to the City of Keene. All of the contact info is in the document.  Thanks!

Pathways for Keene, Inc. P.O. Box 226 Keene, New Hampshire 03431
Pathways for Keene, Inc. (“PFK”) is a non-profit, 501 C(3), all-volunteer organization that promotes the development, maintenance, and enhancement of trails throughout the City of Keene, New Hampshire. Funding for trails is raised at the Annual 4 on 4th Race in Keene.
Solar Lighting Trail Project
Pathways for Keene (PFK) is requesting proposals for solar light posts for lighting the Cheshire Rail Trail from Island Street to Pitcher Street approximately 2500 feet. The purpose of the lighting is to expand the use of the trail for a few extra hours in the evening and early morning. The objectives are to enhance the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists during those hours and to encourage alternative commuting routes. PFK has devoted funding from both 2016 and 2017 for this solar lighting project. The installation of these light posts will be completed by the City of Keene.
We request 3 hard copies of these proposals (preferably double-sided) to be sent to Pathways for Keene, Inc., P.O. Box 226, Keene, New Hampshire 03431, or call Jan Manwaring, Secretary of the Board of Directors of PFK at 352-7185 for pick-up if within 20 miles of Keene.
All proposals must be received by September first (09/01/2017).
Any questions concerning this Request for Proposals may be addressed to Jan Manwaring at 352-7185 or via e-mail at
The process of selection will include both the three-person committee authorized by the Board of Directors of PFK as well as the final selection and vote by the entire Board.
Please be well organized and succinct in your proposal, and include the following aspects of the light posts: • Minimum and Maximum of feet candles to Average • The pole height of 15 feet above ground • Pole description: material, color • Type of foundation required for the pole with the attached solar lighting feature • Description of the solar panel and its discharge and recharge requirements • Battery Type and size including duration of battery life in years and hours/night • Duration of Fixture and Pole Life in years • Warranty periods for battery and fixture • Type of sensors • Date of delivery of fixture • Correlated color temperature under 3600K
Pathways for Keene requires that the light fixture be fully operational prior to installation including the battery being charged. Feel free to provide further information that you consider to be pertinent to this project.
We also require a picture of the fixture and pole in your proposal.
All information, data, documents, photos, and other materials included in your proposal will be considered the property of Pathways for Keene.
Pathways for Keene thanks you for your interest in this effort to develop solar light posts for the trails of Keene. We look forward to hearing from you.
Jan Manwaring Secretary, Board of Directors July 19, 2017

Pathways for Keene, Inc. (“PFK”) is a non-profit, 501 C(3), group of volunteers promoting the development, maintenance, enhancement of active transportation in the City of Keene, N.H.

Incorporated in July 1994, PFK is governed by an elected Board of Directors comprised of men and women from a cross-section of the community. It elects corporate officers to administer the affairs of the organization.

To date, PFK has agreed to participate in raising funds to help match the City Keene’s local share requirements needed to garner federal and state grants. Historically, this arrangement allows the State of New Hampshire to contribute 80% funding from federal programs, such as, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, and Transportation Alternatives Program.

As of January, 2015, PFK raised its local share of nearly $ 340,000 for trail development. The majority of these funds were raised through the conduct of a series of annual run/walk footraces, known as, The 4 on the 4th. The reminder of funds came from individual, corporate and foundation contributions and donations.

The majority of all these funds were used to help construct the following projects:

Ashuelot Rail Trail, Phases 1 & 2
Cheshire Rail Trail, Phase 1
Cheshire Rail Trail, Phase 2 (to be completed summer of 2015)
Downtown Cheshire Rail Trail
Industrial Heritage Cheshire Rail Trail, Phase 1
North Bridge
Roundhouse T, Phase 1
Roundhouse T, Phase 2 (to be completed summer of 2015)

The current primary goal for PFK is the fundraising for the Cheshire Rail Trail, Phase 3 & the Park Avenue Loop project.

PFK will continue working with a diverse collection of organizations in the future to focus the further development, use, and enhancement of a pathways system that meets the needs of Keene residents and its visitors.