Bike Walk CT Urges Mayors & First Selectmen to Join USDOT’s Challenge for “Safer People, Safer Streets”
West Hartford, CT (January 30, 2015) – Since last fall’s Pro Walk/ Pro Bike/ Pro Place conference, US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has been clear that bicycle and pedestrian safety is his signature issue as the head of US DOT.
As a former mayor, Foxx is well aware of the rising numbers of people who want to get around by bike and on foot, and the uptick in pedestrian and cyclist deaths and injuries.
So at last week’s U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, Foxx challenged those officials to help us help them make America's streets safer.
The US DOT’s “Mayors' Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets” invites mayors and local elected officials to take significant action to improve safety for bicycle riders and pedestrians of all ages and abilities over the next year. The Challenge will showcase best local practices to improve safety, share tools for local leaders to take action, and promote partnerships to advance pedestrian and bicycle safety. Participants will attend the Mayors' Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets in March 2015.
Here’s what Foxx challenges mayors to do:
How individuals can get involved:
What we’re doing: Bike Walk Connecticut urges Connecticut’s chief elected officials to participate in the challenge and engage their residents in carrying out. These actions in the Mayors Challenge go to the heart of Bike Walk Connecticut’s mission, and we applaud Foxx’s leadership.
Bike Walk CT is again offering the League of American Bicyclist-designed Traffic Skills 101 program, a day long course to give cyclists the skills, knowledge and confidence to handle on-road cycling in traffic.
WHEN: Sunday, April 12, 2015, 7:45 am to 5 pm
WHERE: Thomas W Raftery, Inc. 1055 Broad Street, Hartford (corner of Broad and Jefferson). Cyclists and cars can pull into the indoor garage for parking - the door is located on Jefferson, just west of Broad.
COST: Bike Walk CT members: $50; Nonmembers: $65
INSTRUCTORS: Tony Cherolis and Rob O'Connor, both League Certified Instructors (LCIs)
About Traffic Skills 101
TS 101 is a day long course consisting of approximately 4 hours in class and 4 hours outside, split between skills drills and an on-road ride. Among other things, you will practice starting, stopping, shifting and scanning, learn how to ride in traffic, including proper lane and intersection positioning, and crash avoidance techniques. You will practice all that you learn on a ride through the streets of Hartford. Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for taking the League Certified Instructor course.
Other Important Details
>>REGISTER FOR TS 101 ON APRIL 12, 2015
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