Bi-State Trail Summit
New Haven to Northampton Trail Group
Saturday October 18, 2014
Eno Hall, 754 Hopmeadow Street/CT10
In only a few more years, the longest interstate rail trail in New England will be complete, but what does that mean for tourism and economic development in our region?
There are lessons to be learned from NY and our keynote speaker, Fran Gotcsik of Parks, Trails New York has first-hand knowledge about not only what happened there, but how it came to be. Cost is $20 and includes a box lunch.
State and local officials from along the entire 84 mile corridor as well as tourism and hospitality industry officials, advocates and the press are invited.
There will be an optional, guided bike tour of the area. Go to www.2014TrailSummit.org for the agenda and information about the keynote speaker and the bike tour.
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If you're in the greater Hartford area, you'll find lots of familiar topics--and a surprising number of positive references to active transportation-- in this good story from Governing.com. Good takeaways abound here for the citizen advocate and municipal staff!
That’s what a growing number of cities are asking themselves -- Syracuse being the latest that may tear down its elevated urban expressway.
BY DANIEL C. VOCK | JULY 2014| Governing
Robert Doucette, a developer in Syracuse, N.Y., often commutes to work by walking or biking from his house near Syracuse University to his office downtown. The route is little more than a mile long, but it requires crossing one major obstacle: a hulking highway viaduct that cuts a large swath through the center of the city.
This elevated stretch of Interstate 81 carries 56,000 vehicles a day. Though it is propped up on piers, it has a major impact on the landscape below. As many as six lanes of traffic run beneath the expressway, including feeder ramps and access roads. Pedestrians teeter nervously on raised curbs as they wait for a signal, then “make a break for it,” Doucette says, as they try to avoid unseen vehicles making turns.
San Francisco's Embarcadero Freeway was razed in 1991 and replaced with a palm-lined boulevard and plazas. (David Kidd/Governing)
As a developer, Doucette sees the 1.4-mile-long viaduct as a wasted opportunity. Interstate 81 is the line of demarcation between the city’s two most vibrant neighborhoods: downtown and University Hill. But it is not a clean separation. For blocks in either direction of the interstate, parking garages and surface lots dominate the landscape. The aging highway cuts off many streets on the city’s grid. “There is this gulf,” he says. “What we’ve done is take an incredibly important piece of this city off of the development map. This highway runs through the part of the city that should be some of the highest-producing parcels of land in the region.” > READ THE FULL STORY ON GOVERNING.COM
New Haven's Mayor Toni Harp appointed Alder Doug Hausladen as the head of New Haven's Transportation, Traffic and Parking.
According to the New Haven Register, Hausladen will begin his 4-year term on Feb. 1 after Jim Travers steps down as acting director.
Hausladen has served as an Alder of New Haven since 2012. He has advocated for transportation issues and safe streets for all. Prior to this he worked on the New Haven Safe Streets Coalition as chairman of the Downtown-Wooster Square Community Management Team.
Read the full article here.
The University of Connecticut (UConn) is creating a new master plan—the Next Generation Connecticut plan, which will bring extensive development and renovation to the university.
According to the Hartford Courant, plan of the plan includes looking into adding more walkways and bikeways on the roads around the UConn campus in Mansfield.
Linda Painter, the Mansfield Town Planner stated she wants to see more walkways and bikeways near the campus to cut down on vehicular traffic and improve pedestrian safety.
Read the article in its entirety here.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) and Governor Dannel P. Malloy launched a strategic planning approach to transportation policies, programs and projects called Transform CT.
According the Governor’s office, Transform CT will help improve economic growth and competitiveness, build sustainability, and provide a blueprint for a world-class transportation system.
“Transportation is the backbone of our economy,” said Governor Malloy in a press release. “The movement of people and goods, facilitating commerce, and bolstering tourism all depend on a highly functioning transit and highway system. Transform CT will help define the very future of Connecticut through a stakeholder process that will solicit input from residents and businesses about what works and what doesn’t in our multi-modal system. The complexities in transportation are enormous, but this process will help us plan for a more sustainable, more efficient future.”
Through a series of public meetings, focus groups and surveys, DOT will engage businesses, elected officials, transportation advocacy groups, and other organizations and agencies as part of the Transform CT planning effort.
“It is essential that we continue to improve transportation options and service in Connecticut,” said DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker. “This is a strategic approach to connecting our cities and towns and, most importantly, it gives the public a direct role in the process and the product. Improving our transportation system also makes Connecticut a more competitive, sustainable and livable state.”
As part of the public outreach campaign, www.TransformCT.org was launched to offer residents a place to comment and share ideas on the transportation issues facing Connecticut. Visitors can also sign up to receive updates and public meeting schedules.
Public meetings are scheduled to begin this fall. The first report will be released by February 2014.
Visit www.TransformCT.org today to provide your own input.
- 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.
Connecticut’s fall “Still Revolutionary” campaign, the second phase of the state’s two-year, nearly $27 million dollar marketing effort designed to foster economic growth in Connecticut, includes an inviting glimpse of cycling in Connecticut.
Watch the ad below.
SmartGrowth Online reports that Minnesota generates over $1 billion in bike-related revenue annually, more than from hunting and snowmobiling combined. To help promote more bicycling in Minnesota, a new interagency campaign labeling Minnesota as "The Bike Friendly State" is being launched. Read the full story here. And check out the video too!
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