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The News Times reports that 12 decorative bicycle racks are being installed in New Milford. The racks are being paid for by local businesses. The racks will be found along Main Street at Town Hall, the post office, library and Main Moon Chinese Restaurant. On Bank Street racks are at Morton's Jewelers and the Bank Street Theater. There will be additional racks at The Maxx on Railroad Street and outside the town's Parks and Recreation office on Bridge Street.
The Hour reports that the Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club donated signs to the city of Norwalk to help promote Connecticut's three-foot law. The law requires motorists to allow at least three feet of separation when overtaking and passing cyclists on the road.
The plan is to post the signs in various parts of Norwalk, including Strawberry Hill Avenue and Calf Pasture Beach Road.
The Plainville Greenway Alliance and the Bike/Walk Friendly Alliance of Plainville is seeking volunteers to help get the nine-mile gap in the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail.
Volunteers are needed to work with other advocates to work with local, state and federal officials and agencies to plan, finance and extend the trail through Plainville from Southington to Farmington.
Read the full article in the Hartford Courant here.
Monday, July 7, 2014 9:34 PM EDT
By ROBERT STORACE, STAFF WRITER
NEW BRITAIN — Get on your two-wheeler. Citing the city’s public outreach efforts and municipal leadership, Bike Walk Connecticut has ranked New Britain as the third most bike-friendly community in the state. It was also deemed the third most walk-friendly community.
Kelly Kennedy, executive director of the non profit, said in a statement that “being able to get around safely by bike or on foot isn’t just a fad or a health issue, or environmental issue. It’s an economic development issue. Towns that are bike and walk friendly are great places to live, work, shop and play.”
The scorecard and rankings, which were released July 1, were based on an online statewide public opinion survey conducted over the spring. The city got high marks for its public outreach efforts, having a bike/pedestrian task force, and is one of the few municipalities in the state to have a bike connectivity master plan. In addition, the city ranked 76 out of 100 for municipal leadership and engagement. It’s overall rank was 65 out of 100, trailing only Simsbury, which ranked 74.5 and New Haven, which ranked 73.5. There are 169 communities in the state, and only a few did not take park in the first-ever survey.
> READ THE FULL NEW BRITAIN HERALD STORY HERE.
PHOTO: Kevin Bartram | New Britain Herald Staff----A line of children wear new bicycle helmets during Bike Safety Day at the City of New Britain Camp Total Rec at Willow Brook Park.
If you're in the greater Hartford area, you'll find lots of familiar topics--and a surprising number of positive references to active transportation-- in this good story from Governing.com. Good takeaways abound here for the citizen advocate and municipal staff!
That’s what a growing number of cities are asking themselves -- Syracuse being the latest that may tear down its elevated urban expressway.
BY DANIEL C. VOCK | JULY 2014| Governing
Robert Doucette, a developer in Syracuse, N.Y., often commutes to work by walking or biking from his house near Syracuse University to his office downtown. The route is little more than a mile long, but it requires crossing one major obstacle: a hulking highway viaduct that cuts a large swath through the center of the city.
This elevated stretch of Interstate 81 carries 56,000 vehicles a day. Though it is propped up on piers, it has a major impact on the landscape below. As many as six lanes of traffic run beneath the expressway, including feeder ramps and access roads. Pedestrians teeter nervously on raised curbs as they wait for a signal, then “make a break for it,” Doucette says, as they try to avoid unseen vehicles making turns.
San Francisco's Embarcadero Freeway was razed in 1991 and replaced with a palm-lined boulevard and plazas. (David Kidd/Governing)
As a developer, Doucette sees the 1.4-mile-long viaduct as a wasted opportunity. Interstate 81 is the line of demarcation between the city’s two most vibrant neighborhoods: downtown and University Hill. But it is not a clean separation. For blocks in either direction of the interstate, parking garages and surface lots dominate the landscape. The aging highway cuts off many streets on the city’s grid. “There is this gulf,” he says. “What we’ve done is take an incredibly important piece of this city off of the development map. This highway runs through the part of the city that should be some of the highest-producing parcels of land in the region.” > READ THE FULL STORY ON GOVERNING.COM
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