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.
By Nancy K. Crevier, Saturday, May 10, 2014
May is National Bike Month, and for those with pedal power, Bike Walk Connecticut has proclaimed the week of May 12–16 as Bike To Work Week. The less ambitious might want to partake of Bike To Work Day, scheduled for Friday, May 16. Numerous towns around the state have organized celebrations of bicycling as a means of transportation, with specific dates and times found at www.bikewalkct.org. READ Nancy Crevier's excellent article here.
Terrence Ford, owner of Sandy Hook Cyclery in Sandy Hook Center, says the addiction to SUVs and petrol can be alleviated by a renewed interest in bicycling. May is National Bike Month, and the Connecticut government is encouraging citizens to take part in Bike to Work Week, May 12-16 and Bike To Work Day on May 16. Photo: Nancy K. Crevier
Bethel CT – Join bike riders of all ages at the Bethel Train Station Monday May 12th at the Bethel Train Station, 12 Durant Avenue. Free Breakfast provided by the Daily Fare Café. T-shirts, water bottles and other giveaways! Sponsored by HARTransit, CTrides, and the Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials.
Read the full story by Sharon Palmer here.
By DON STACOM, email@example.com for The Hartford Courant, May 10, 2014
Bike Walk Connecticut has a pitch for commuters who grumble about traffic backups, potholes and aggressive drivers: Try something different next week.
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 two wheels instead.
Organizers are putting together about 20 group rides in Wethersfield, Farmington, New Britain, South Windsor, West Hartford, Glastonbury and elsewhere.
READ the full Courant story here. #BikeToWorkCT
By Shelton Herald on May 8, 2014
Local residents are being urged to use their bicycles to get to — and from — their work places on Friday, May 16, which is National Bike to Work Day.
According to the Bike Walk Connecticut organization, 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, said Bike Walk Connecticut officials.
READ the full Shelton Herald story here.
The CT Post reports the public had a mixed reaction to the conceptual layout of the Fairfield section of the proposed trail along the Merritt Parkway during a public meeting last week. This was the first of eight informational meetings the DOT will hold in the towns where the trail will run through.
Approximately 50 people attended the meeting in Fairfield last week. Some attendees said the trail would increase their property values and quality of life. However, three members of the Merritt Parkway Conservancy opposed the building of the trail because of its aesthetics and the fact that trees would need to be removed to build the trail.
The portion of the trail that would run through Fairfield would run along the Parkway's southern right-of-way. The trail would be 10' wide with 2' of shoulder on each side. There would also be fences on each side of the trail.
Read the full article in the CT Post here.
According to the New Haven Independent, New Haven Mayor-Elect Toni Harp announced Matthew Nemerson will serve as her new economic development administrator.
Newmerson is the former New Haven Chamber of Commerce president and has spent years studying New Haven's redevelopment.
Read more here to see what his plans are for New Haven.
The New Haven Independent reported the City of New Haven's Director of Traffic, Transportation and Parking, Jim Travers announced he will step down from his position in January. He says he will be leaving to join the United Way of greater New Haven as vice president of resource development.
New Haven Mayor-elect Toni Harp said she wishes Travers would have stayed and does not have a successor for the position in mind.
Read the full article here.
I recall was announced this week for Tailwind bicycle racks used for hitching children's trailer bikes to adult bikes. The racks, sold in black or silver, have stock code numbers 939001 for black and 939002 for silver, which was printed on the original packaging. The racks have double side rails. "Burley" is printed on the curved back plate of the rack. They were sold from November 2011 through September 2013.
According to the recall report, the top portion of the rack that connects the children's trailer cycles to the towing bicycle can break and allow the trailer cycle to disconnect.
For more information call Burley Design at 800-311-5294 or visit www.burley.com and click on Recall Information at the bottom of the page.
New Haven mayoral candidates Senator Toni Harp and Alderman Justin Elicker faced off in their final debate of the election season on October 22.
The debate covered a wide variety of topics, but both Harp and Elicker did touch on street safety in the city.
Elicker mentioned he wanted to change many of the city's one-way streets and make them two-way, which is currently under study in the city. He said the one-way streets are in favor of vehicles and make the streets more dangerous.
Harp on the other hand said she wants to look into why there are one-way streets in New Haven. He mentioned that an issue with prostitution was solved on her street by converting it from a two-way to a one-way. She added that she wants to see more roundabouts in the city to help slow traffic down.
Read a full recap of the debate in the New Haven Register, here.
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