CRCOG is seeking volunteers for its Bicycle and Pedestrian Count on September 9, 10, 11, 13 and 14. The counts will be focused on documenting changes in bike and pedestrian activity that are related to CTfastrak, East Coast Greenway connections, bike plans on Burnside Avenue, New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Commuter Rail and other upcoming projects. The statistics will serve as support to fund additional projects to benefit cyclists and pedestrians in the future.
CRCOG is looking for volunteers to count for two hours in the Capitol Region. Weekday counts will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (September 9, 10 and 11) from 4 to 6 p.m. Weekend counts on Saturday and Sunday (September 13 and 14) will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information, contact Mike Cipiano at email@example.com or 860-522-2217, ext. 223.
The Town of Fairfield is seeking volunteers to serve on a Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee. The Board of Selectman is seeking nine members to serve on this permanent committee.
The committee will monitor and advocate the implementation of Fairfield's Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. It will also work with public, private, academic and non-profit institutions to help build a safer and more enjoyable walking and bicycling environment throughout town.
For more information on joining the committee, contact Kathleen Griffin at 203-256-3031 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The CT DOT will hold a public informational meeting in regards to the Merritt Parkway Multi-Use Trail Feasibility Study on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Stratford Town Hall Council Chambers at 2725 Main Street in Stratford.
Save the date—International Walk to School Day is October 8th this year. Learn how you can get your school to participate at http://walkbiketoschool.org.
Walk to School Day started in the U.S. in 1997 as a one-day event to build awareness of the need for walkable communities. It turned into an international event in 2000.
Bike Walk CT's Executive Director, Kelly Kennedy, was quoted in TriState Transportation Campaign's news release today reporting that Connecticut people aged 60 years and older suffer disproportionately high pedestrian fatality rates.
TriState's new report, Older Pedestrians at Risk: A Ten Year Survey and Look
Ahead, found that 123 pedestrians aged 60 years and older were killed on Connecticut roads from 2003 through 2012. Though comprising only 19 percent of the State’s population, this age group accounted for 35 percent of the total pedestrian fatalities in these 10 years.
“Connecticut’s complete streets law requires municipalities to consider all users in road design and maintenance projects, but few are,” said Kelly Kennedy, Executive Director of Bike Walk Connecticut. “Cities, towns and counties across the state must be proactive in ensuring that road and bridge projects include pedestrian and bicyclist components like sidewalks and bike lanes,” she added.
Tri-State recommends that:
Read the TriState Press Release. Read the full TriState report.
Save the date for Bike Walk Connecticut's 2014 Annual Dinner and Silent Auction—Monday, November 24 at Central Connecticut State University.
Event details and registration information coming soon.
City of New Haven Transit Chief Doug Hasusladden issued a plan to calm traffic at some of the city's most dangerous intersections.
According to an article in the New Haven Independent, Hasusladden came up with some new traffic calming ideas, such as flower baskets on sides of streets, which he said will narrow the road and encourage drivers to slow down. Additionally, bumpouts are planned to be placed on Clinton Avenue, Cleveland Road and Hall Street. Speed humps are planned to be placed on Hallock Street.
WFSB reports Milford is working to install new bike racks throughout the city. The city already has some spots picked out for new racks, however they are also looking for public input from the people who will use them. Some spots that are up for consideration include around municipal buildings and town beaches.
If you have a bike rack location suggestion, send an e-mail to MilfordBikeRacks@ci.milford.ct.us
After much deliberation, Bike Walk Connecticut has decided to take this year off from running the Discover Hartford Bicycle Tour. We'll be refocusing on our core mission--advocacy and education, and as part of that, our Complete Streets implementation project--all long term efforts to make Connecticut a better place to bike and walk, every single day. No other organization does this on a statewide basis, so we invite you to support this important work with your membership or donation. Your support really does make a difference. Thank you!
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