Connecticut has one official Bike Friendly University so far: Yale. If our other campuses want some inspiration, check out what Champlain College is doing in Burlington, VT. More here.
Congress is preparing to take action on a new federal transportation bill. Given the shortfall of federal transportation dollars, some members of Congress are already questioning why the federal government provides any funding for bicycling and walking.
Let's make sure Congress doesn't cut funding to help local communities build sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, trails and more. Please ask our US Senators Blumenthal and Murphy to Co-Sponsor S. 705, The Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act.
Background: The Transportation Alternatives Program provides hundreds of millions of dollars each year to local communities to invest in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. It's the only federal program specifically focused on local transportation priorities. S. 705, the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act, written by Sens. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), makes changes to the program to make it more effective and easier for local governments to use.
For decades, our federal transportation system has focused the bulk of its resources on building roads, leaving many of our communities with few transportation options and rising safety risks for people bicycling and walking. More and more Americans want options for bicycling, walking and transit to live healthier and safer lives. More and more cities and towns are clamoring for more facilities for biking and walking to make their communities more attractive to residents and to improve their economies. S. 705 would help make sure that Congress continues to invest a small share of federal transportation dollars in these types of projects.
And really, what could be greener, zero-emission forms of transportation than biking and walking?
Ask our Senators to cosponsor S. 705, the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act, to ensure that our federal transportation system continues to provide funding for bicycling and walking. Take Action Here.
Is your town attending the Bikeway Design Training on 4/23?
Only if you're in Madison, Colchester, New Britain, Trumbull, New Haven or West Hartford--thanks to those towns for recognizing a great opportunity when they see one!
Yikes! Don't let your town get left behind. Please encourage your municipal transportation professionals to attend.
If you haven't yet seen the CT Bike Ped Advisory Board's latest annual report, have a look. Read the accompanying press release here.
Bike Walk Connecticut pleased to offer a bikeway design workshop for transportation professionals on Thursday, April 23, 2015 in Wethersfield, Connecticut.
The workshop will be led by acclaimed cycling policy and design expert Roger Geller. A Connecticut native, Geller is the bicycle transportation coordinator for Portland, Oregon and co-author of the Bikeway Design Guide issued by NACTO, the National Association for City Transportation Officials.
The NACTO Bikeway Design Guide includes state-of-the-practice designs from the best cycling cities in the US and the world.
“Geller impressed bike and pedestrian advocates at a talk he gave in West Hartford in February 2013, and we were eager to bring him back to share his expertise with transportation professionals across the state,” notes Kelly Kennedy, Executive Director of Bike Walk Connecticut.
“Momentum for cycling as a mainstream transportation option is really building in Connecticut,” Kennedy adds. “With the Governor’s new proposals for bike and pedestrian projects, DOT’s recent Complete Streets policy, a significant enabling policies before the legislature, and more and more Connecticut towns embracing complete streets and becoming bike friendly communities—the timing for this training couldn’t be better.”
The full-day technical workshop is open to transportation professionals at the state, regional, and municipal government levels and to private sector professionals. The cost to attend is $75 for Bike Walk CT members and $90 for nonmembers. The workshop will be held at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT.
For more details and to register, please visit www.bikewalkct.org/summit-2015.
Learn more about NACTO's "Cities for Cycling" Project.
We have a bill! LCO, the Legislative Commissioners Office, has released language for Transportation Committee Bill SB 502, An Act Concerning Bicycle Safety, also being referred to as "The Bike Bill."
As Far to the Right as Practicable (AFRAP) Provisions
Section 3 of SB 502 contains much of the language that Bike Walk CT proposed to amend the statute on "riding as far to the right as practicable." Section 3:
Safe Passing, NACTO Guidelines
SB 502 is also intended to clarify rules on when motorists may safely pass slower moving cyclists, and to encourage DOT to endorse NACTO design guidelines for bikeways and complete streets.
... And speaking of NACTO
Bike Walk CT is sponsoring the NACTO Bikeway Design Guide Workshop for engineering and planning professionals on Thursday, April 23. Urge your town to send their staff for this fantastic training opportunity! (Details here.) NACTO is the National Association of City Transportation Officials.
Don't wait too long to register for the 2015 Bike Walk Summit! The early bird discount ends March 15. Click here for more details.
Fri., April 24, 2015: Connecticut Bike Walk Summit
for citizens, policymakers, and professionals, featuring Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator for the city of Portland, Oregon and DOT Commissioner Jim Redeker.
The summit will cover the state of the bike ped movement in Connecticut, including developments on legislation and state funding, trail networks, getting complete street policies enacted, getting the public engaged, enforcement, as a well as a member meeting. REGISTER FOR THE BIKE WALK SUMMIT And volunteer on the Summit Committee!
Thurs., April 23, 2015: NACTO Bikeway Design Guide Workshop for professionals, led by Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator for the city of Portland, Oregon. REGISTER FOR NACTO WORKSHOP
People For Bikes says: If anyone in the United States understands how policies can support biking, it's Roger Geller. As Portland's bicycle coordinator, he's overseen a 250 percent spike in bike commuting and helped the city top countless bike-lovers' lists. Photo: Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator at Portland Bureau of Transportation
Our biennial BIKE WALK SUMMIT expands this year! We hope you'll join us.
WEST HARTFORD, CT (February 19, 2015) – Travelers has provided Bike Walk Connecticut with a general corporate sponsorship award of $5000 to become a 2015 Premier Business Member.
"At Travelers, we are committed to helping develop strong, vibrant neighborhoods where our employees live and work," said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers. "We are pleased to support Bike Walk Connecticut's mission to help make our roads safer for cyclists, pedestrians and commuters."
The funding supports Bike Walk Connecticut’s efforts to make Connecticut a better place to bike and walk. Bike Walk Connecticut works with residents, elected officials and staff in state and local government to encourage “complete streets” and other policies that make it easier for people to get around by bike or on foot. The group’s work also includes an educational summit and bike education programs.
“Travelers has been a longtime supporter and sponsor of Bike Walk Connecticut,” said Kelly Kennedy, Executive Director of Bike Walk Connecticut. “With all the new focus on building a first class, multi-modal transportation system here in Connecticut, we couldn’t be more excited to have the continued backing of such a well-respected business. Travelers really gets how important bikeable, walkable communities are to our economy and quality of life.”
Travelers is committed to building vibrant communities that provide opportunity. Through corporate funding and the Travelers Foundation, the company focuses its giving in three core areas: education, community development and arts & culture. Travelers committed more than $21 million in 2013 to these initiatives. The company supports and encourages its employees’ volunteer efforts. Many employees are active members of their community, and collectively perform tens of thousands of hours in volunteer service each year. The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has approximately 30,000 employees and generated revenues of approximately $26 billion in 2013. For more information, visit www.travelers.com.
To learn more about Bike Walk Connecticut business membership and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.bikewalkct.org/business-membership.
Fast forward to 10 minutes for the start of the Governor's address. And listen for what he has to say about biking and walking.
Governor Malloy's office has put out two primary documents on his transportation vision--there's a the 5 year ramp up plan (2015-2019), and there's the 30-year plan.
The 5 year ramp up plan includes $101MM for bike ped work. The 30 year plan includes $780MM of bike ped projects, including $250MM for the Merritt Parkway path. Now all we need is for everybody to agree to pay for it! Easy as pie?
The Merritt Parkway project, complete streets, and connecting gaps in the trail network are equally weighted in the proposal. $30MM is laid out for trail maintenance.
There will be much to discuss in the legislative session!
Links to Governor's Documents
Transforming Transportation – Let's Go CT
Governor Malloy's five-year proposal to ramp up CT's transportation system includes:
· $101 million for bicycle and pedestrian trails
· $1.7 billion for rail improvements, including bridge repairs, station improvements and capacity and speed upgrades
· $612.5 million for Interstate 84 in West Hartford; I-95 Baldwin Bridge to Gold Star Bridge; the I-91/I-691/Route 15 area; Route 9 in Middletown; I-84 between exits 3 and 8; reconfiguration of interchanges 29 on I-91, among others
· $281.3 million for the I-84 Aetna Viaduct redesign; the I-84/Route 8 "mixmaster" in Waterbury; the West Rock Tunnel rehabilitation and more
· $43 million in bus improvements
Heads Up! There's a legislative Transportation Committee hearing on Wed Feb.11 at 12:30 pm where we'll have the opportunity to show lawmakers just how much public support there is for biking and walking in Connecticut and forSB 502 to become a comprehensive, forward-thinking "Bike Bill."
Your presence, email testimony, and oral testimony at the Feb. 11 hearing will make a huge statement to legislators that Connecticut needs to get serious about making the state a better place to bike and walk.
While SB 502 does not contain definitive bill language at this early point in the legislative session, it is intended to :
Find out who your legislators are here. For other important instructions on the hearing and sending testimony, click here.
Bike Walk Connecticut is pleased to let you know that plans for our biennial summit are underway.
The 2015 Bike Walk CT Summit will take place on Friday, April 24 at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center in Old Wethersfield, in central Connecticut and a short distance from I-91.
We tried to find a centrally located, business class venue for a Friday and Saturday event, but none were to be found (it's wedding season!). We know the Friday schedule is not ideal for some of our members, but we hope many of you will still be able to attend.
This year, the summit will be preceded by a full day of NACTO Bikeway Design Training on Thursday, April 23, for planners and engineers at the state, local and regional levels. This training will complement our complete streets project and the new US Mayors Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets. Professionals from the public and private sectors are welcome.
Help us make the summit a success! We could use a few good volunteers to help coordinate programming and logistics. We have some ideas of our own, but what would you like this year's summit to address? To volunteer or send programming ideas, email email@example.com with SUMMIT in the subject line.
More details to follow as soon as possible. We think you'll be energized!
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