The second Regional Safe Routes to School Workshop will take place on May 1, 2014 from 12:30-4p.m. at Cromwell High School, 1 Donald Harris Dr., Cromwell, CT.
This workshop will dive into the goals of Safe Routes to School and provide the knowledge and tools you will need to implement a program at your school.
Highlights of the workshop include: What is Safe Routes to School; Goals and History of Program; The Need for Safe Routes to School; Barriers to Walking/Biking to School; Health Impacts; Benefits of Walking/Biking to School; Discussion of the 5 E's and practical applications (Encouragement, Education, Engineering, Enforcement and Evaluation); A walk around the school to identify issues/solutions; Observation of school dismissal and discussion of key points to look for at your school; and How to start a Safe Routes to School Program at your school.
RSVP by April 15 to Bridget Boucaud at 203-534-7862 or e-mail email@example.com.
The City of New Britain has been awarded a $3 million grant for improvements in downtown New Britain at Columbus Blvd., Main St. and Bank St.
According to a news release from the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency (CCRPA), the project help enhance the connection between downtown New Britain and the CTfastrak bus station.
The project includes a redesign of intersections, bike lane additions and the upgrading of sidewalks. These improvements are based on the recommendations of the City's Complete Streets Master Plan for Downtown New Britain.
Read more here.
Are you an LCI in good standing with the League of American Bicyclists? Are you interested in teaching occasional bicycle education classes for Bike Walk Connecticut?
If so, we want to hear from you! We're developing a list of instructor candidates so we can develop an expanded array of bike education offerings.
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The Connecticut Department of Transportation announced the next series of open house meetings to inform and update the public about Connecticut's first bus rapid transit system which is scheduled to begin operations in early 2015.
The open house meetings will be held at the following venues and times:
- Central Connecticut State University Institute of Technology & Business Development, 185 Main Street, New Britain, CT, on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (presentation scheduled to begin at 6:00);
-Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford, CT, on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (presentation at 12:00);
- Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford, CT, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (presentation at 6:00)
For more information about CTfastrak and updated information about the open house events, visit www.ctfastrak.com.
According to the Hartford Courant, Canton's Board of Selectmen have given partial support to designate a section of the Farmington River in the town as a greenway.
The Farmington River Watershed Association ask for the town's help to establish the greenway last month. The greenway would need to be approved by the state and the town would need to support the greenway as well.
proposal to designate a section of the Farmington river in town as a greenway has won partial support from the board of selectmen.
The greenway that is proposed would start at an existing greenway in Collinsville and head up the Farmington River to the New Hartford town line.
The greenway supporters told selectmen the greenway would not have an impact on private property owners, however the selectmen were unsure of these. A few selectmen also mentioned they had a hard time seeing a benefit to the greenway.
Read the full article here.
Join Middlesex Green Drinks at Eli Cannon's at 695 Main Street in Middletown on Tuesday, April 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and meet Laura Baum, Bike Walk Connecticut's new president.
This networking event is free to attend. Middlesex Green Drinks is a monthly green happy-hour networking that provides opportunities to make connections and exchange news about environmental issues in Middlesex County.
Ask Them to Support the VU Bill and Get it Voted On Now!
With the end of the legislative session less than a month away, we've been asked to rally the bike ped community to urge their elected representatives to bring the Vulnerable User bill to a vote. The bill, which Bike Walk CT is heavily advocating for the fifth consecutive year, made it to the Senate Calendar and has just been referred to the Judiciary Committee.
If you want Connecticut to be a better place to bike and walk, it's important that hundreds of you to email or call your legislators to let them know the VU bill, Senate Bill 336, is a step in the right direction, that you support it and they should too, and ask them to urge legislative leaders to bring it to a vote soon. The legislative session ends May 7.
Find out who your state legislators are and how to reach them at http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp
If you send an email, please copy us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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It's Easier Than You Think!
National Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 16, and Connecticut is in on the action!
It doesn't take much to become a bike commuter. All you need is a bike, a little planning, and a little advice from those who bike to work regularly. Cycling to work will save you money on gas, reduce wear and tear on your car, avoid frustration and wasted time from sitting in traffic, and it will make you a whole lot healthier. (Plus, people will think you're just plain cool!)
Last year 687 people pledge to bike to work on Bike to Work Day Bike to Work Day celebrations were held at 25 locations across the state -- up from 14 in 2012. Let's top all those numbers in 2014, shall we?
Bike Walk CT will host its traditional Bike to Work Day celebration at the Old State House - join us if you can! And the Bike to Work Challenge is back for state agencies.
Pledge to Bike to Work here. Hosting a Bike to Work celebration at your workplace? Register your event here.
Read more about Bike to Work 2013:
Good news! The vulnerable user bill that the bike/ped community has been trying to get enacted for the past four years is making headway again in the 2014 legislative session.
Several dozen of you sent email messages to the legislature's Transportation Committee expressing your support for the bill. (Good job--change doesn't happen if we are silent!)
Since then, the Transportation Committee gave it a favorable vote, which means it made it out of committee and can be taken up by the Senate. Four legislators have signed on to co-sponsor it: Senators Beth Bye and Toni Boucher, and Representative David Scribner and Roland Lemar. The bill has also been given a fiscal note ($20,000 in revenue per year), and a plain language analysis.
Now the bill has been added to the Senate Calendar, where it can be called for a vote any time. Stay tuned for more updates.
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Business and property owners, residents and town officials attended a walking tour in Collinsville on April 1. According to the Hartford Courant, the purpose of the "tour" was to discuss making Collinsville more accessible for cyclists and discuss where improvements could be made.
Suggestions included finding ways to make it easier for pedestrians to cross the intersection of Main and Bridge Streets. Another idea was making it safer for cyclists to turn left off Route 179 onto River Street. Business owners said they would like to focus on sidewalks.
Read the full article here.
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