On December 10, Connecticut's leading transportation advocates--the Regional Plan Association, Transit for Connecticut, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, the Business Council of Fairfield County, Capitol Region Council of Governments, Connecticut Association for Community Transportation, Connecticut Construction Industries Association--convened elected officials, transportation experts, and state decision makers to learn how we can work together to move Connecticut forward.
Jack Basso, Director of Program Finance and Management for AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transit Officials), was the keynote speaker. Panelists included Emil Frankel, Bipartisan Policy Center; Oz Griebel, MetroHartford Alliance; Joe McGee, The Business Council of Fairfield County; and Commissioner Jim Redeker, Connecticut Department of Transportation.
Presentations from AASHTO's Jack Basso's and DOT Commissioner Jim Redeker are available below.
The New Britain Public Works Department has provided a forum for public input on the City of New Britain's Bike Connectivity Plan and Traffic Calming Study which is currently in design.
The completed report will be a planning level concept/vision plan for making pedestrian and bicycle friendly connections to the CTfastrak Stations and Multi-use Trail and City Parks and Schools.
The preliminary Bike Route Plan and Draft Bicycle Connectivity and Traffic Calming Study can be downloaded on the City of New Britain's web site at the following link:
We encourage comments and suggestions on the Bike Route Plan and Draft Report which is now posted under the same link. All comments will be reviewed and considered in the final report.
The City of New Britain has set up a blog for bicycle connectivity, which is located at
- Submitted by Alan Blasenstein
An interesting article about a study in Portland, Oregon that says that cyclists and pedestrians spend as much in stores as motorists. Although we may buy less each visit, we make more frequent visits and are more likely to make impulse purchases. The study looked at spending in convenience stores, restaurants, bars, and supermarkets. Read more here.
Please note that The Connecticut Bicycle Advisory Board Meeting for December will be held December 20, not December 13, as noted in the December 6 edition of our newsletter. Apologies.
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