Word got out around the state about Bike to Work Day this year. See below for a list of stories that came through our inbox. Let's keep biking and walking in the headlines.
Bike to Work Day: Health and Safety Promoted Friday - Public News Service-CT
Hundreds are expected to ditch their car or the train and pedal to work tomorrow (Friday) as part of National Bike to Work Day in Connecticut. Comments from State Senator Beth Bye (D-W Hartford) who says in addition to being good for your health and the environment, the event also raises awareness about...
More people riding bikes to work - Meriden Record-Journal
We’re looking to shift the mode of travel, by having people walk or bike to work instead of hopping in a car,” said Kelly Kennedy, executive director of Bike Walk Connecticut...
May 16 In Connecticut: An Invitation To Park The Car - Hartford Courant
The advocacy group is promoting Bike to Work Day on May 16 as a chance for commuters to test-drive the idea of parking the car and setting out on ...
Bike to Work Day is May 16 - Hartford Business
Hartford nonprofit Bike Walk Connecticut is organizing this year's Bike to Work Day on May 16. The organization will help put together more than 20 ...
Biking Instead of Driving to Work | Connecticut News Feed
ctnewsfeed.com---Many trafficked by dual wheels Friday instead of four, trade in their cars for bicycles for Stamford's annual Bike to Work Day. “It's unequivocally about ...
Biking Instead of Driving to Work
It's Relevant: New Canaan
Many traveled by two wheels Friday instead of four, trading in their cars for bicycles for Stamford's annual Bike to Work Day. "It's really about making a ...
ADVISORY: Mayor Finch Hosts Bike to Work Day Ride - News Releases - City of Bridgeport, CT
Bridgeport, Connecticut (May 14, 2014) – In celebration of National Bike to Work Day and CTRides Week, Mayor Bill Finch will ride his bike to the ...
Trending: Where we bike to work | Connecticut Post
A new Census Bureau report, released last week, finds that the number of people biking to work has increased 60 percent in the past decade, up from about 488,000 people in 2000 to about 786,000 people in the last five years.
Bike to Work Day is Friday - The New Britain Herald
Bike Walk Connecticut is promoting bicycle commuting across the state, ... Bike to Work Day breakfasts and events are scheduled in towns and at ...
Connecticut bikes to work on May 16Minuteman News Center
Fairfield, CT - Bike Walk Connecticut is promoting bike commuting all around the state on Friday, May 16 National Bike to Work Day. Bike commuting ...
Friday is Bike to Work Day - Connecticut Postingsctnews.com
Hartford, CT (May 13, 2014) – Bike Walk Connecticut is promoting bike commuting all around the state on May 16-National Bike to Work Day.
Bike To Work Day | Hartford.com
Bike Walk Connecticut is promoting bike commuting all around the state on May 16–National Bike to Work Day. Besides bringing a city to life, bike...
Get Wheelin' Folks – Friday Is National Bike To Work Day | Capitol Watch - Hartford Courant Blogscourantblogs.com
Friday is National Bike To Work Day and Connecticut cycling activists are urging commuters in this state to try using their bikes as an alternative to ...
Pedal Power To Be Celebrated Statewide May 12-16 - The Newtown Bee
May is National Bike Month, and the Connecticut government is encouraging citizens to take part in Bike to Work Week, May 12-16, or even Bike To ...
Try two-wheeling it to your job on National Bike to Work Day - Shelton Herald
Shelton-BikeToWorkDay According to the Bike Walk Connecticut organization, bike commuting reduces traffic, avoids pollution, saves gas, and burns ...
Bethel To Participate In Annual Bike To Work Day « Bethel News « Bethel Bulletin –
Bethel CT- Bethel CT – Join bike riders of all ages at the Bethel Train Station Monday May 12th at ... Bethel To Participate In Annual Bike To Work Day.
Stamfords 5th Annual Bike to Work Day - Hey Stamford!
It's Relevant covered Stamford's Bike to Work Day on May 16. Check out the video below and read the full article here.
Under the threat of rain, pledges continue to flow in as citizens around the state realize that Connecticut towns are all much better places to live than rain-soaked - and cycle friendly - cities like London and Portland.
As things get down to the wire with planning, Bike Walk Connecticut is pleased to report the following events - and once again thanks the event hosts for tirelessly working to make it all come together.
Bridgeport - Mayor Bill Finch will be hosting a Bike to Work Day event at 8:30a.m. The meeting place is at Beardsley Park, at the entrance of the Beardsley Zoo parking lot at 1875 Noble Avenue. The event is open to the public and features a bike ride from the park to the government center at 999 Broad Street, which is less than three miles away. For information contact Jacob Robison at email@example.com
Milford - Hosted by Tony's Bikes (108 Broad Street) this free and open to the public event features breakfast and is taking place from 7:30 to 9:30a.m. Bike inspections by Tony's Bikes' staff will be available - and those who show up by car will not be turned away from the fun. For information call Mike at 203-878-5380.
New Britain - The Bike to Work Day event at Central Park (corner of Main St. and West Main St.)from 7:00a.m. to 9:00a.m. will have some extra significance - and we're not talking about the breakfast: Last night, Mayor Erin Stewart and the City Council passed a resolution to make New Britain a League of American Bicyclists designated Bicycle Friendly Community. The designation seemed inevitable as last year's New Britain Bike to Work Day event had in excess of 40 riders take part - and that number is expected to be surpassed!
New Haven - While the Bike to Work Day Event hosted by Elm City Cyclists and Devils Gear Bike Shop has been on our calendar since before bicycles were invented, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro will be greeting cyclists and will be speaking on safe routes to school. Breakfast will be provided by Elm City Market, while CT Transit, Street Smarts and others are expected to attend the event. For information contact Bobbie Pilette at firstname.lastname@example.org
New London - JUST IN! - Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio will be leading a ride Friday, May 16th, at 8:00 a.m. from his New London home at 777 Ocean Avenue. Riders are encouraged to begin gathering at 7:45a.m. and the press is invited to join before, during, or at City Hall at the end of the ride. New London has recently completed restriping the bicycle lanes on Montauk Avenue and expects to install new bicycle racks in front of City Hall and other downtown locations throughout the next few months.
Last Minute Bike to Work Day Resources:
There's still time; take the Bike to Work Pledge Now!
With less than 48 hours until Bike to Work Day begins, Bike Walk Connecticut sees more clear skies and less hesitation as CT residents continue to take the pledge to ride to work on May 16th.
The DCF is swiftly transforming into the iPhone of State Government organizations; having more pledges than all of the other Connecticut organizations combined. DEEP and Corrections hold their positions while the Department of Transportation is challenging the Department of Public Health for fourth place: it's the people who know how to stay healthy against the people who know how to stay in motion, so it'll be one tough battle.
Private sector pledges, which are still being led by small businesses, have seen some big changes in the last 48 hours with Traveler's Insurances suddenly jumping into third place. However, they may not be able to stay under the umbrella of the bronze medal for long since Yale - completely missing only days ago - showed up with nine pledges with more on the way.
West Hartford (which was recently designated a Bike Friendly Community) remains on top with 55 pledges while Waterbury and Hartford have 31 and 25 pledges, respectively. But momentum is building in the lower ranks: Stamford has suddenly found itself in the top ten with 13 pledges. But Manchester, Cheshire and Simsbury may not stand for that and are only a few pledges shy of collectively hurling 'The City that Works' into 'The City that Isn't In the Top Ten.'
In Other News:
STATE GOVERNMENT - TOP 3 PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS
1. Children & Families, Dept Of - 128
2. Energy and Environmental Protection, Dept Of - 33
3. Correction, Dept Of - 17
Public Health, Dept of - 11
Transportation, Dept Of - 9
Motor Vehicles Department - 6
Education, Dept Of - 5
OTHER STATE AGENCY - 4
Economic and Community Development, Dept Of - 4
Administrative Services, Dept Of - 3
Developmental Services, Dept Of - 2
Children, Commission On - 2
Revenue Services, Dept Of - 1
Higher Education, Office Of - 1
Connecticut Development Authority - 1
Child Advocate, Office of - 1
PRIVATE SECTOR - TOP 3 PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS (201 TOTAL AS OF 5/12 PM)
1. Trinity College - 17
2. Pratt & Whitney - 15
3. Travelers Insurance - 11
Yale University - 9
UConn Health - 6
Prudential Financial - 6
Aetna - 6
United Technologies Aerospace Systems - 4
Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co. - 3
Bike Walk CT - 3
UnitedHealth Group - 2
Town of Windsor - 2
retired - 2
Northeast Utilities -2
Horst Engineering - 2
General Electric -2
Fuss & O'Neill - 2
ESPN - 2
City of New Haven - 2
CIty of Hartford - 2
Cigna - 2
Bloomfield's High School Harris Ag Ctr - 2
Benidorm Bikes - 2
Bank of America - 2
3M - 2
Xhale Assurance, Inc - 1
Windham Region Council of Governments - 1
WHPS - 1
Whole Foods Market - 1
Westinghouse Electric Co. - 1
West Hartford Public Library - 1
Wesleyan University - 1
Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers LLC - 1
Weekday Cyclists - 1
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art -1
Vliet & O'Neill - 1
UTC - 1
Urban Oaks Organic Farm - 1
University Of Hartford - 1
United Healthgroup - 2
Town of West Hartford - 1
Tony's Bikes - 1
Tolland Middle School - 1
Thomson Reuters - 1
Thomas Hooker Brewery - 1
the lawn police - 1
The Language Exchange - 1
The Hartford - 1
The Bananaland - 1
SWRPA - 1
Subase Fire Department - 1
Stop & Shop - 1
Stanadyne - 1
Stamford Insurance Group Inc - 1
Stamford Downtown Special Services District - 1
SMC Partners - 1
Simsbury Bicycle Ped. Advisory Committee - 1
SELF-EMPLOYED - 2
Scott Franklin & Associates - 1
Rosebud Development - 1
Ron Manizza Sales / Bianchi Bicycles - 1
Rogers Benefit Group - 1
REI - 1
Regional Plan Association - 1
Real Hartford, LLC - 1
PQ Controls - 1
Phoenix - 1
Peru Opportunity Fund - 1
PCX Aerostructures - 1
Orafol Americas Inc. - 1
Oracle Corporation - 1
Optum - 1
Norwich Community Development Corporation - 1
NINA - 1
Myst Wealth Advisors - 1
Mitchell Auto Group - 1
Milford, ECC /MBA&CJV/ Urban Roots Bridgeport - 1
mikro - 1
Michael J. Federico, CFP,EA - 1
MetLife - 1
McElroy Deutsch 1
Marion Manufacturing Company, Inc. - 1
Manchester BOE - 1
Legrand | Wiremold - 1
Karelia Health - 1
INNCOM by Honeywell - 1
ING - 1
Hartford Public Library 1
Hartford Hospital - 1
Habasit - 1
Greater Hartford Transit District - 1
Global-Spectrum CT - 1
Global Projects Consulting, LLC - 1
Gilead Sciences - 1
George Weiss Associates - 1
General Dynamics Electric Boat - 1
Gen Re NEAM - 1
Frog Hollow Consulting - 1
First Class Properties Group - 1
Finalsite - 1
Fairfield Ludlowe High School - 1
Fairfield Health Dept./Public Health Nursing - 1
Electric Boat - 1
EB - 1
DSSD - 1
DIYBIKING.COM - 1
DCF - 1
Daymon Worldwide - 1
Dassault Systems - 1
Darien Library - 1
Danny's Cycles 1
CyclingSavvy.org / Iamtraffic.org - 1
Cycling Sports Group - 2
CT Early Childhood Alliance - 1
CT Children's Medical Center - 1
Creative Change Inc. - 1
CRCOG - 1
Corporate Translation Inc. - 1
Consolidated School District of New Britain, SMS - 1
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo - 1
Connecticut Science Center - 1
Connecticut Judicial Branch/Client Security Fund - 1
Conair Corporation - 1
Coherent, Inc. - 1
City of Norwich - 1
Citibank - retired - 1
Child Care Services - 1
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital - 1
Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency - 1
CED Services - 1
Cd3 Inc,. - 1
CCMC - 1
Capitol Region Council of Governments - 1
Capital Region Education Council - 1
Canberra Industries Inc. - 1
BlackBerry - 1
Big Sky - 1
Berlin High School - 1
Bausch Abdurahman Thampan Medd, LLC - 1
Avon Middle School - 1
Alstom Power Inc. - 1
AAA Metals - 1
TOP 3 COMMUNITIES (by participants' town)
1. West Hartford - 55
2. Waterbury - 31
3. Hartford - 25
New Haven - 22
Glastonbury - 20
Wethersfield - 17
Middletown - 15
Stamford - 13
Manchester - 11
Cheshire - 10
Simsbury - 10
New Britain - 7
Milford - 7
Farmington - 7
East Hartford - 7
Canton - 7
South Windsor - 6
Newington - 6
Hamden - 6
Bloomfield - 6
Unionville - 5
Norwich - 5
New London - 5
n/a - 5
Danbury - 5
Windsor - 4
Torrington - 4
Mansfield - 4
Haddam - 4
Bristol - 4
Bolton - 4
Watertown - 3
Waterbury - 3
Stratford - 3
Southington - 3
New Haven - 3
Manchester - 3
Hebron - 3
Granby - 3
Enfield - 3
East Haven - 3
Avon - 3
Weatogue - 2
Waterford - 2
Torrington - 2
Tolland - 2
Suffield - 2
Storrs - 2
Rocky Hill - 2
Quaker Hill - 2
Prospect - 2
Portland - 2
Plainville - 2
Old Saybrook - 2
North Haven - 2
North Franklin - 2
Madison - 2
Guilford - 2
Groton - 2
Fairfield - 2
Ellington - 2
Cromwell - 2
Chester - 2
Burlington - 2
Beacon Falls - 2
Ashford - 2
Yantic - 1
Wolcott - 1
Winsted - 1
Windsor - 1
Windsor Locks - 1
Wilton - 1
Willington - 1
Willimantic - 1
Weston - 1
Westerly, RI - 1
Westbrook - 1
West Hartford - 1
Wallingford - 1
Vernon - 1
Stonington - 1
Stafford - 1
Oakville - 1
North Windham - 1
Niantic - 1
Newtown - 1
New Hartford - 1
New Fairfield - 1
Marion - 1
Madison - 1
Lyme - 1
Longmeadow, MA - 1
Litchfield - 1
Hastings-On-Hudson, NY - 1
Elmwood - 1
East Windsor - 1
East Windsor - 1
east lyme - 1
East Granby - 1
Coventry - 1
Columbia - 1
Chaplin - 1
Bronx, NY - 1
Branford - 1
Bethlehem - 1
Berlin - 1
Barkhamsted - 1
Andover - 1
Written by Michael Norris for Bike Walk Connecticut
I wanted to be sure that all Connecticut residents are aware that this is Bike to Work Week, and that Friday, May 16, is National Bike to Work Day.
Bicycle commuting is on the rise statewide and nationwide, and how we get from one place to another matters a great deal. Riding improves health and saves money for the rider, at the same time that it reduces traffic for the motorist. More bicycle commuters is a win all around for the state.
Read the full letter in the Hartford Courant here.
As we close in on Bike to Work Day and watch Connecticut residents continue to take the pledge to ride to work, Hearst Papers and Bike Walk Connecticut want to see how you dress for your ride.
Cathy Zuraw, photo editor of Hearst Connecticut Newspapers, wants to take photos of cyclists tomorrow (Thursday, May 15). Cyclists who have taken the pledge to bike to work are encouraged to contact her at 203-330-6498 or via email at email@example.com as soon as possible.
Additionally, from now through Bike to Work Day, Connecticut bicycle commuters are encouraged to Tweet pictures of themselves in their cycling attire, no matter how fashionable, using the hashtag #biketoworkct.
Whether you wear a suit, a dress or shorts with a Los Pollos Hermanos T-shirt - we want to see you!
An article in the Record Journal states that more people are riding their bikes to work. According to a report from the U.S. Census, the number of people riding bicycles to work has increased nearly 60% in the last decade.
Bike Walk Connecticut's Executive Director is quoted in the article stating:
"We’re looking to shift the mode of travel, by having people walk or bike to work instead of hopping in a car.”
Read the full article here.
BTW Pledge Update: Yale Makes Big Splash; Fairfield Residents and Others Urged to Give "60 Mile Commuter" a Break
Although weather reports cannot seem to settle on sunshine, rain, or locusts for Friday, Connecticut residents have read the excuse of 'It Might Rain" from Bike Walk Connecticut's list of top ten excuses for not biking to work and the pledges have jumped past 470.
Yale, which is in the same city that is having a Bike to Work Day event at Pitkin Plaza (beginning at 7:30a.m. on May 16 - check event list for more details), has popped onto the top ten organizations literally overnight - which is a reminder to all the leaders not to take anything for granted and remind employees to take the pledge to ride to work May 16 - and a reminder to businesses who haven't yet participated that they can still take part in this statewide effort.
In other news, while more towns have entered the tallies we want to put a face on the town of Fairfield in response to a comment on Fairfield Patch's event page. The anonymous commenter indicated that a "60 mile one-way commute" is forcing him or her to pass on Bike to Work Day.
We at Bike Walk Connecticut freely acknowledge that sixty miles one way is just too much to ride for some. But in the spirit of sharing the road, we remind Fairfield residents - as well as the residents of other towns - that if they pick up a set of handlebars instead of a set of car keys on the morning of the 16th, they will be giving more space on the roads for drivers who can't ride. This is the 'win win' scenario outlined in a letter to the editor just published in the Hartford Courant. So if you can ride or walk to work on the 16th, think about the help you'll be providing for those who can't do either and take the pledge!
In other news, residents who complete the Bike to Work pledge are reminded put the name of their town on the form. If it is left blank, Bike Walk Connecticut will assume you are riding to work from another dimension and are therefore not eligible for the prize drawings.
From The Redding Pilot - Bike Walk Connecticut is promoting bike commuting all around the state on May 16 — National Bike to Work Day.Bike commuting reduces traffic, avoids pollution, saves gas, and burns calories. More than half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace, making bicycling a realistic, fun way to get to work.
Rookies, veteran commuters and everyone in between are encouraged to pledge to Bike to Work on May 16 at bikewalkct.org/bike-to-work.
Bike to Work Day events will be held all across the state. For details, visitbikewalkct.org/event-locations.html.
For a full list of meet-ups throughout , visit bikewalkct.org/meet-ups.
Bike Walk Connecticut, a statewide, not-for-profit membership organization, works to make Connecticut a better place to bike and walk.
HAMDEN — Traveling on Connecticut roadways require care and courtesy, whether operating a car or a bicycle. To generate a greater awareness for bicycles — in May/National Bicycle Safety Month, and at all times of the year — AAA Southern New England shares these tips for motorists and bicyclists alike.
The new free program means AAA members can request assistance if a disabled bicycle needs minor repairs or requires transportation to a nearby destination within one of these three counties.
To request service, members call the 800-AAA-HELP (800-222-4357), the roadside assistance number on their AAA membership card. An AAA service vehicle will meet members on any generally traveled road within AAA Southern New England’s territory, any time of day, 365 days a year.
After attempting minor repairs, if the AAA technician is unable to get the member back on the road, the member and bicycle will be transported free of charge within a defined radius.
More information on bicycle safety tips, brochures, videos, and the roadside assistance program, visitwww.aaa.com/bikesafety.
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