New Haven's Mayor Toni Harp appointed Alder Doug Hausladen as the head of New Haven's Transportation, Traffic and Parking.
According to the New Haven Register, Hausladen will begin his 4-year term on Feb. 1 after Jim Travers steps down as acting director.
Hausladen has served as an Alder of New Haven since 2012. He has advocated for transportation issues and safe streets for all. Prior to this he worked on the New Haven Safe Streets Coalition as chairman of the Downtown-Wooster Square Community Management Team.
Read the full article here.
The registration deadline for hosting a Connecticut Trails Day Weekend event is coming up on Monday, February 3rd.
In 2013, Connecticut hosted the largest celebration of trails in the nation with a new record of 267 registered events in 153 towns. Don't let your community miss out on the fun! Plan an event or encourage your town leaders and organizations to host one. Connecticut Trails Day Weekend is always held during the first weekend in June which this year is June 7th and 8th.
Taking part in this nationally recognized celebration is a great way to showcase your trails, organization, staff, programs, and volunteers. Hikes, walks, trail runs, bike rides, equestrian rides, paddles, letterboxing, geocaching, and trail work parties are welcome.
Visit http://www.ctwoodlands.org/CT for more information and to ensure your event is included in the Connecticut Trails Weekend booklet.
Join the fun and register today!
Here's how Bike Walk Connecticut members are distributed across the map, by zip code. Not a member? Join here and help make Connecticut a better place to bike and walk!
The League of American Bicyclists doesn't just organize the National Bike Summit one week per year—they have a presence on Capitol Hill all year round too. The League advocates the best policies for bicycling nationwide. In 2014, the League is focusing on 4 key areas to build a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.
Click here to see the infographic and get involved at www.bikeleague.org/takeaction.
The agenda for the 2014 National Bike Summit and National Women's Bicycling Forum is packed with high-profile speakers and important topics that will build the movement at the federal level and help you make biking better in your community.
So what are you waiting for?! Don't miss the premier bicycle advocacy event of the year—and save $100 by registering by January 22, this Wednesday! See the program and details here.
Bike Walk Connecticut's Executive Director Kelly Kennedy's Letter to the Editor in the Hartford Courant tells readers how much work Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Dan Esty did for the biking and walking community.
She adds that Bike Walk Connecticut hopes that Commissioner Esty's successor will also make active transportation a priority in Connecticut.
Read the Letter to the Editor here.
We knew it was coming, but we didn't know when.
Dan Esty, Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, will soon return to his position at Yale. His tenure as Commissioner will end February 3. Yale granted Esty a leave of absence to serve as a state agency commissioner.
Presiding over the first state environmental agency to gain Bike Friendly Business accreditation is among Esty's accomplishments at DEEP. Esty's tireless support for bike/ped initiatives and active transportation will be missed [DEEP-ly].
Bike Walk Connecticut will be working to get the ear of Governor Malloy and his staff to appoint a successor who advances active transportation as being good for the environment, good for the economy, and good for our health, as much as Esty does.
The National Bike Summit, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, will be held in Washington, DC, March 3-5. Join Bike Walk CT and other advocates, bicycle clubs and bike industry leaders to learn how you can work more effectively for bicycle friendly places.
The summit—United Spokes: Moving beyond Gridlock—promises to be educational and energizing. The vast majority of funding for bicycle projects in Connecticut comes from the federal government and with another transportation bill on the horizon in Congress, it’s critical that our elected officials in Washington hear from us.
For more information visit www.bikeleague.org.
Bike shops that are members of NBDA should contact NBDA about possible scholarships. Contact MaryEllen Thibodeau, the Connecticut state coordinator for the summit, at email@example.com with any specific questions.
The election of Toni Harp as Mayor of New Haven means that city's residents get another bite at the apple to elect a state senator who's deeply committed to making Connecticut a better place to bike and walk.
The special election to fill a vacancy in the State Senate representing the 10th Senatorial District, which covers portions of New Haven and West Haven, will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.
Bike Walk Connecticut urges residents of Senate District 10 to press candidates on how they will make Connecticut and New Haven more bike and pedestrian friendly.
Update: According to the New Haven Independent, three candidates so far have declared their candidacies: state Reps. Gary Holder-Winfield and Juan Candelaria and former West Rock Alderman Darnell Goldson.
The musical chairs could continue. If a State Rep is elected to the senate seat, that means a state rep seat would then open up as well.
Calling all bike/ped supporters! Please remember to weigh in on Transform CT for all the ways to make Connecticut a better place to bike and walk. Then help spread the word in your professional and social networks.
Word is that DOT expects to start holding public meetings on this initiative in FEBRUARY, so let's get the momentum going now!
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