How do I get from home to the trail without using a car?
That's the theme of the Farmington Valley Trails Council Annual Meeting on Nov. 5--and we're pretty sure the answer will include "complete streets" and tips from our NACTO Bikeway Design Workshop! Dave shares the stage with noted international consultant Mary Embry Mobycon. Details below and at www.fvgreenway.org.
NEW BRITAIN - Wheels were turning in New Britain Sunday for the 'Discover Connecticut' bicycle tour.
The group's 'Bike Walk Connecticut' and 'Bike New Britain' hosted a bicycle tour at Walnut Hill Park and through the different New Britain neighborhoods to show bikers why the city is one of seven official bicycle friendly communities.
The tour also included a brunch at the New Britain Museum of American Art.
All proceeds benefit Bike Walk Connecticut , Bike New Britain and the New Britain Police Athletic League. Full Fox CT story here.
Hurry, online registration closes at midnight on Wed. Sept. 23
This is the last call to register for Sunday's Discover Connecticut Bicycle Tour in New Britain! The forecast looks good with a partly sunny day and seasonable temps in the mid 70s. So beat the registration lines on Sunday and register ahead before midnight tonight!
The ride begins and ends in historic Walnut Hill Park at the New Britain Museum of American Art and concludes with "Sunday Brunch" at the Museum. Free admission into the Museum is also included with your ride fees, and live music and a limited cash bar is also included. Your registration fee supports efforts to make Connecticut a better place to bike and walk.
Discover New Britain Bicycle Tour
Sunday, Sept. 27, 8:30 am
Walnut Hill Park, New Britain
10, 25 and 50 mile routes
Registration includes brunch at the New Britain Museum of American Art.
Cost: $45 for members and nonmembers after Sept. 17. $10 for youth age 12 and under, through Sept. 27.
Routes: 10 mile 25 mile 50 mile routes
(See all three here.)
Register at: http://bit.ly/DiscoverNewBritainRegistration
About the Ride: Our Discover New Britain routes are designed to be enjoyed as a tour, not a race. The rides feature urban and rural scenery, including historic New Britain neighborhoods like Little Poland, the stunning residential architecture around Walnut Hill Park, and of course the acclaimed New Britain Museum of American Art. Whether you live in New Britain or have never experienced it, we are sure you will DISCOVER something that you never expected to find.
Depending on the tour you select, you’ll experience four different bikeways (CT Fastrak, Hanover Pond Trail, Quinnipiac River Gorge, and the Farmington Canal), and you’ll visit other parks like Batterson Park and Willow Brook Park; the Shuttle Meadow, Wassel, Kenmere and Hallmare Reservoirs; Hubbard Park and Merimere Reservoir, and Hanover Pond and Quinnipiac Gorge. The 25- and 50-mile tours will have a few climbs, but the brunch after the ride will make it all worthwhile!
For more information: please contact Christine Skelly, Discover CT committee chair, at DiscoverCT@bikewalkct.org or 860.977.1404, or visit www.bikewalkct.org/discover-ct-ride-series.
Bike Walk Connecticut works to make Connecticut a better place to bike and walk.
Our mission is to change the culture of transportation through advocacy and education to make bicycling and walking safe, feasible, and attractive for a healthier, cleaner Connecticut.
Bike Walk Connecticut PO Box 270149 West Hartford, CT 06127 www.bikewalkct.org
Speak up to make sure active transportation and complete streets are fully integrated into the I-84 project!
Bike ped advocates have another opportunity for a day of learning, sharing and networking at the 2015 New England Bike-Walk Summit on Thursday Sept 24 in Worcester.
Program: Engineering, design, advocacy strategies, and much more - it's all in there! Between the topics, the presenters, and the field session, this is the best New England Summit yet. Click here to download the latest draft of the program.
Registration: To register click this link and secure your spot.
The New England Bike-Walk Summit is coordinated by the East Coast Greenway Alliance.
SUNDAY SEPT 20TH: NCC racing comes to Hartford on a new downtown course!
For the first time, the National Criterium Calendar includes a stop in Connecticut. Top teams from throughout the country will battle for over 40 miles to make it to the top step of the podium. In other categories, a top finish in Hartford will surely be the highlight of a racer's season.
COME WATCH PRO STUNT RIDER CHRIS CLARK
Free shows all day in Hartford!
Professional stunt cyclist Chris Clark has competed around the world and entertained thousands at events like the Gravity Games, the Vans Warped Tour, New York’s Time Square Parade, and the Olympic Games! Each show is followed by an autograph session and giveaway of sponsor and event items.
SHOW TIMES: 10:15AM, 12:15AM, 2:30PM
THE POWDER RIDGE URBAN MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE IS BACK!
Race mountain bikes over man-made obstacles from Powder Ridge Ski Area
The CT Cycling Festival transformation of downtown Hartford is complete with this unique urban mountain bike race event. The CCAP is partnering with Powder Ridge Ski Area to make this event awesome!
The CT Cycling Festival benefits the CT Cycling Advancement Program. For details, visit http://www.ctcyclingadvancement.org/2015-ct-cycling-festival/
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-522-2217 x219.
D E T A I L S . . .
Sunday, Sept. 27, 8:30 am, Walnut Hill Park, New Britain
Registration includes brunch from 10 am - 1 pm at the New Britain Museum of American Art
West Hartford To Host First U.S. Cycling Without Age Event
For bicycle enthusiasts, there's nothing like feeling the wind in your hair while pedaling down a street or trail.
But for many seniors with mobility constraints, that carefree feeling seems like a distant memory. Cycling Without Age is a movement founded in Denmark by Ole Kassow in 2012, dedicated to "the right to wind in your hair." Read the full Hartford Courant story
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