PFK (Pathways for Keene, Inc.) is a non-profit, 501C(3), group of volunteers that promotes the development, maintenance, and use of alternative transportation in the City of Keene, NH.
Incorporated in July 1994, PFK is governed by an elected Board of Directors (PFK Board) comprised of men and women from a cross-section of the community. The PFK Board is independent of City of Keene, State of New Hampshire and local business self-interests. It elects corporate officers to administer the affairs of the organization.
To date, the PFK Board has agreed to match the City of Keene dollar-for-dollar on Pathway construction projects. The PFK contribution (10%) and City of Keene contribution (10%) allows the State of New Hampshire to contribute 80% from Federal ISTEA (Internodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act) funds. ISTEA is now TEA-21 (Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century).
As of January 31, 2001 PFK raised over $100,000 for trail development. The majority of these funds were used to construct the Downtown Cheshire Branch Trail (Phase I) and Keene Industrial Heritage Trail (Phase II) of the current Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan.
The current primary goal for PFK is the completion of the Roundhouse-T (Phase III) of the Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan. The Roundhouse-T completes and links the Downtown Cheshire Branch Trail with the northern section of the Ashuelot Rail Trail. After completing this pivotal project, PFK will continue to advocate further expansion of the local trail network and projects related to trail use.
In the past PFK worked with other organizations to generate grassroots momentum for the development of the pathways system. PFK will continue working with a diverse collection of organizations in the future to focus the further development, use, maintenance, and enhancement of a pathways system that meets the needs of Keene residents.