The City of New Haven debuted its first parking corral on September 19. According to the New Haven Independent, the corral consists of 16 parking spots for bicycles.
The rack is located on College Street near Chapel. According to the article, the idea for the bike corral came from Zack Beatty of SeeClickFix. He launched a campaign to raise money to bring a large bike rack to New Haven. And he found he got support from individuals, Elm City Cycling and the City of New Haven.
The rack only takes up one car parking space, and will accommodate up to 16 bicycles. The bike corral will stay up until the winter to accommodate city snow plows, however it will be back up in the spring.
A new restaurant in Branford, Connecticut is offering patrons a 10 percent discount if they come to dine by bicycle or walk.
The farm-to-fork restaurant, called Seagrass Grill is in the Indian Neck section of Branford. Because the restaurant does use local and fresh ingredients, the menu is constantly changing. Recent menus have included scallops from Stonington, house-made pasta, swordfish with a citrus glaze and tomato basil relish and spaghetti squash with wilted Swiss chard and white beans.
Learn more about Seagrass Grill here.
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center's Violence and Injury Prevention Program received a $25,000 grant from the SBM Charitable Foundation (“SBMCF”).
Part of the grant funds will be used to conduct bike rodeos for children living east of the Connecticut River. During the "rodeos" children will learn the safety rules of the road and how to properly wear a helmet.
Last year the program received a similar grant that allowed it to provide more than 450 multi-sport helmets to children.
For more information about the program, call (860) 714-5477.
The Connecticut Public Transportation Commission will be holding a series of public meetings throughout the state over the next month. The purpose of the meetings is to evaluate the adequacy of rail, bus, motor carrier, cycling and other forms of transportation.
These meetings will give the public the opportunity to tell CTDOT officials where they want more bicycle lanes, which stations need more trains, etc.
All the hearings start at 7:30 p.m.
September 18, 2013 — Orange Town Hall, Lower Level Meeting Room, 617 Orange Center Rd., Orange, CT
September 24, 2013 — New Milford New Milford Town Hall, E. Paul Martin Rm., Church St. Entrance,10 Main St., New Milford, CT
October 15, 2013 — Enfield Enfield Town Hall, Council Chambers, 820 Enfield St. Route 5, Enfield, CT
October 22, 2013— New London New London City Hall, Council Chambers, 181 State St., New London, CT
As an added bonus for registering for the 2013 Discover Hartford Bicycle Tour, Bike Walk Connecticut is offering a free Flat Tire Clinic on Sunday, September 15 at 4 p.m.
There is limited space in the clinic, therefore pre-registration is required. The instructor, Tony Cherolis, will demonstrate a basic bicycle tire change and discuss the steps involved. As desired the attendees will have the opportunity to practice the steps of a tire change on a bicycle wheel (and optional bicycle) they bring with them. The course will be outside, just like you are changing a tire on the side of a road. The best time to practice a tire change is when you "aren't" on the side of the road—and that's what this clinic is—practice.
Click here for more information and to pre-register.
Not registered for Discover Hartford yet? Register here.
Yale Daily News reports students walking around campus in New Haven were greeted this week by bright orange warning messages spray-painted on the sidewalk at the intersection of Elm and High streets.
These messages had slogans such as "Don't read this. Look up!" or "Look both ways before crossing."
The warning messages on sidewalks and intersections throughout the Yale campus is part of the Pedestrian Safety Campaign that was launched by the Yale Traffic Safety Committee. The Committee collaborated with the university and the City of New Haven to improve pedestrian safety on the campus. Posters and spray painted sidewalks can be found at six major intersections on campus —Elm and High, Chapel and York, Elm and College, Elm and York, Wall and Temple and Chapel and College.
The Committee says the safety campaign was developed to remind pedestrians to stop and look before crossing the street. According to a brochure from the Yale Traffic Safety Committee, every year approximately 100 New Haven citizens are sent to the Emergency Room after getting hit by a car when crossing the street. The Committee states, " We know that a combination of three factors ‐ pedestrian behavior, driver behavior and the way the street is configured ‐ play a role in these pedestrian‐motor
vehicle crashes. As we work with the city, and motorist to make our
streets safer, we hope that all of us pedestrians can take a small step to
affect a big change.
Click here for more information.
Bike Walk Connecticut will be exhibiting at the Live Green Connecticut! event Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15. Come by and say hello!
The green-living and family festival will promote living green with a focus on education, sustainability, caring for the environment and our natural resources. Admission is free.
The event takes place at Taylor Farm Park at 45 Calf Pasture Beach Road in Norwalk on Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m-4 p.m. and Sunday, September 15 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
In addition to learning more about green businesses and organization, there will be plenty of opportunities to you to learn during educational events too. Some highlights include a presentation on Saving Money and Saving Energy; a panel discussion on Food for Thought. Fuel For Change; as well as several performances.
Click here for more information.
International Walk to School Day is less than a month away!
The global event involves communities from more than 40 countries that all walk and bike to school on the same day. This year Walk to School Day is October 9.
So why walk to school? For one, it's fun! It also teaches your children healthier habits and gets both you and them involved in physical activity. By walking you can promote a cleaner environment. Replacing car trips to school with walking or bicycling can reduce congestion and air-polluting emissions. It also promotes safety. Building sidewalks, providing education programs and adding traffic calming measures are some of the ways to improve safety. Encouraging walking and bicycling to school can help build support for infrastructure improvements in the broader community. And finally, the community overall benefits from it! Walking and cycling to school reduces traffic congestion, boosts a sense of community and improves neighborhood connections.
Learn more about Walk to School Day here.
The Last Green Valley will hold the 23rd annual Walktober event in October, which will include free walks, hikes, paddles, bike rides, tours and other events, that will highlight the historic, cultural and natural resources of the 35-town National Heritage Corridor that covers Connecticut and Massachusetts
Walktober will feature 106 events. You can view all the events in a brochure here. Each event is labeled as easy, moderate or difficult. Other information in the brochure includes which events are kid and family friendly, as well as dog friendly.
Ride 2 Recovery Returns to Hartford on Monday
More than 200 cyclists, including injured veterans and their supporters, will bicycle into Hartford on Monday as part of the seven-day, 425-mile Ride 2 Recovery Minuteman Challenge sponsored by UnitedHealthcare.
Cyclists are scheduled to arrive at 3:30 p.m., crossing Founder's Bridge and riding through into Bushnell Park where they will be greeted by State and City officials, Ride 2 Recovery President and Founder John Wordin, and UnitedHealth Group Executive Vice President/Alliance Board Chair Mike Matteo. The public is encouraged to line the streets to cheer on riders. Read More.
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