TODAY! Don't miss the New Haven Grand Prix and Community Celebration, presented by The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP) and the City of New Haven, on Friday, September 18, 2015.
This multi-faceted event highlights New Haven as a cycling and pedestrian-friendly city, amazing food and culture, and a multitude of family-focused activities. The festival will be from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. along with this dynamic race entertainment for all to enjoy. NEWHAVENGP.com
Three twilight races will be held around the Upper Green and Yale University’s Old Campus. Cyclists can register at ctcyclingadvancement.org/new-haven-grand-prix
2015 NEW HAVEN GRAND PRIX RACE SCHEDULE
6:00 p.m. - Youth Races || 7:00 p.m. - Women’s Pro Cat || 8:30 p.m. - Men’s Pro Cat
All race proceeds help create a community where youth can learn and thrive through the sport of cycling in and out of schools across the state, including New Haven’s own youth cycling programs.
Energized by the thrilling cycling event, the city’s restaurants, merchants and wide-ranging enthusiasts have joined together to create a festive atmosphere throughout the downtown area. All residents and visitors are invited to participate in the fun. Highlights include The Taste of New Haven Pizza Feast, Sierra Nevada Beer Gardens, The Crossroads Festival with live entertainment, Kids Zone and The Urban Mountain Bike Race.
T H E T A S T E O F N E W H A V E N ' S A P I Z Z A F E A S T
Some of Greater New Haven’s best mobile pizza makers and dessert trucks will gather on College Street in front of Yale’s Old Campus to tempt your palate. Entry fees for the APizza Feast are $5 in advance and $10 onsite for entry. Tickets can be purchased in advance at tasteofnewhaven.com/apizza-feast. On site, guests can purchase both delicious pizza and desserts from local vendors.
A percentage of proceeds goes to Connecticut Cycling Advancement Programs to educate children in the sport of cycling.
For guests 21 and over (ID required), a Sierra Nevada sponsored Beer Garden offers taps from 12 different breweries, including many popular local breweries.
T H E C R O S S R O A D S F E S T I V A L
Downtown restaurants expand their footprint with satellite vending and sidewalk seating, as well as business community and merchant coordinated events including N-64 head-to-head Mario Cart Competition, a freestyle bicycle stunt show, Shift Cycling's pros vs. average joes bicycle races, a second Sierra Nevada sponsored Beer Garden, and more. The Crossroads Festival is presented by the Town Green Special Services District.
LIVE MUSIC ON COLLEGE STREET
Musical acts on the College Street Stage, located in front of The Shubert Theatre and College Street Music Hall include: 4:00 p.m. – Wise Old Moon || 5:00 p.m. – Eddie Seville & Steel Rodeo || 6:15 p.m. – Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
K I D S Z O N E
Besides incredible music and entertainment, families will enjoy a Kids Obstacle Course sponsored by Trailblazer, a 25-foot climbing wall, a cornhole toss, a Sno-Cat and some additional surprises!
T H E U R B A N M O U N T A I N B I K E R A C E
The CCAP, along with Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort, will transport short-course mountain bike racing from Middlefield to the streets of New Haven. Registration required to participate. USAC licensed racers: $25, Non-USAC Licensed racers: $35. Register at ctcyclingadvancement.org/ccap-urban-mountain-bike
V O L U N T E E R S
Over 250 volunteers are needed to help make this event a raging success! All volunteers will share in the pride that comes from helping bring pro-level racing and a city-wide street festival to New Haven. Want to be a part of action? Volunteer at volunteersignup.org/HLDLT
TRAFFIC AND PARKING DETAILS
In order to put on this great event, some street closures are required. College Street will be closed to traffic at noon, and at 4:00 p.m. Temple St., Chapel St., High St., and half of Elm St. will be closed until 11:00 p.m. Two lanes of southbound traffic will remain open on Elm St. as well as a left turn on the corner of Chapel onto Temple St. for vehicle traffic. The free Downtown New Haven Shuttle from Union Station will be running throughout the event. For parking options visit parknewhaven.com.
The New Haven Grand Prix thanks all sponsors for the support and event participation. For a full list of sponsors visitctcyclingadvancement.org/new-haven-grand-prix
The New Haven Grand Prix is organized by Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP) and the New Haven Dept. of Transportation, Traffic and Parking, as a Mayor Toni N. Harp initiative.
The final time is drawing near to become a bike/ped count volunteer!!
September is time for CRCOG’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Count. Similar to last year, CRCOG has organized its program to focus on areas that will benefit from major infrastructure changes and investments that have been made recently and some that are soon to come. This will help document changes in bike and pedestrian activity that are related to CTfastrak, East Coast Greenway connections, bike lanes on Burnside Avenue, New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Commuter Rail, and other upcoming projects. These statistics not only gauge general trends in activity, but also can help serve as support to fund additional projects that benefit bicyclists and pedestrians in the future.
CRCOG Call for Volunteers
CRCOG relies on volunteers to make this important program a success. Count times are generally 2 hours in length and are located in areas throughout the Capitol Region. Weekday counts will be conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday (September 15, 16 or 17) from 4-6 PM unless otherwise noted and Weekend counts will be conducted on Saturday or Sunday (September 19 or 20) from 11AM-1PM unless otherwise noted.
The following link displays a map of CRCOG's count locations. Priority areas are indicated with a red star () and secondary locations are indicated with a blue circle (). Once all count times for a location have been assigned to volunteers, the marker will appear in grey ( or ).
If you are planning to volunteer to do a count, we have an OPTIONAL Active Transportation Audit – one for roadway intersections and one for trails. The audit will allow us to rank each count location numerically and to gather qualitative information about the safety, aesthetics and bikability/walkability of the area. The audit takes only 15 minutes to complete by sitting or standing in the same location from which you count and observing the intersection/trail and area immediately surrounding it. Please indicate in your response whether you would be interested in conducting this audit as a part of your count.
***Please contact Mike Cipriano firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-522-2217 x223 with your preferences for count times/locations***
Feel free to forward this call for volunteers to others you feel may be interested.
If you have any questions or are having trouble viewing the map, please contact Emily Hultquist, CRCOG Principal Planner and Policy Analyst, at email@example.com or 860-522-2217 x219.
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