Monday, July 7, 2014 9:34 PM EDT
By ROBERT STORACE, STAFF WRITER
NEW BRITAIN — Get on your two-wheeler. Citing the city’s public outreach efforts and municipal leadership, Bike Walk Connecticut has ranked New Britain as the third most bike-friendly community in the state. It was also deemed the third most walk-friendly community.
Kelly Kennedy, executive director of the non profit, said in a statement that “being able to get around safely by bike or on foot isn’t just a fad or a health issue, or environmental issue. It’s an economic development issue. Towns that are bike and walk friendly are great places to live, work, shop and play.”
The scorecard and rankings, which were released July 1, were based on an online statewide public opinion survey conducted over the spring. The city got high marks for its public outreach efforts, having a bike/pedestrian task force, and is one of the few municipalities in the state to have a bike connectivity master plan. In addition, the city ranked 76 out of 100 for municipal leadership and engagement. It’s overall rank was 65 out of 100, trailing only Simsbury, which ranked 74.5 and New Haven, which ranked 73.5. There are 169 communities in the state, and only a few did not take park in the first-ever survey.
> READ THE FULL NEW BRITAIN HERALD STORY HERE.
PHOTO: Kevin Bartram | New Britain Herald Staff----A line of children wear new bicycle helmets during Bike Safety Day at the City of New Britain Camp Total Rec at Willow Brook Park.
Cannondale Sports Unlimited opened their new 51,0000 square-foot global headquarters in Wilton with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on May 30.
The bicycle manufacturer relocated its headquarters from Bethel to this new space.
Read more about the new headquarters in an article in the Norwalk Hour here.
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.
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.
May 5, 2014 HARTFORD, Conn. – It took five years of trying, but a bill is now finally headed for the governor's signature that proponents say will protect pedestrians, cyclists and others who share the roads with motor vehicles.
Kelly Kennedy, executive director of Bike Walk Connecticut, says the measure cleared its final legislative hurdle in the House last week and should provide a big dose of accident prevention for hundreds of thousands of pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users all across state.
"It's a deterrent and it raises awareness, of drivers, that the roads aren't just for cars,” she says, “that people may bike and they may walk along the roadways as well."
The next step is for Gov. Dannel Malloy to sign the measure (SB 336) into law.
Nearly 11 thousand cyclists and pedestrians have been injured or killed on Connecticut roadways since 2006 but advocates say a new measure headed to Governor Dannel Malloy will provide a deterrent and raise awareness for local drivers to safely share the road. Photo credit: www.pedbikeimages.org/Laura Sandt - See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org
It would take effect Oct. 1 and calls for a mandatory fine of up to $1,000 dollars for motor vehicle drivers who fail to operate with due care and cause injury or death.
Kennedy says you just need to look at recent federal and state accident data to see why the measure is needed.
"There's been almost 11,000 people who have been hit or killed,” she points out. “And these are just cyclists or pedestrians, hit or killed from 2006 to 2012 – that's a lot of people."
Kennedy stresses the new protections are not limited to pedestrians and people on bikes.
"Well it's aiming to protect people who are rightfully and legitimately using the roads, but are not encased in a car,” she explains. “So, people who are walking, people who are biking, people who might be out in the rural areas horseback riding or using a service animal – it could even include skateboarders as long as they are using the roads responsibly."
Kennedy says Route 1 in Fairfield County along the Post Road is one of the hotspots in the state for these types of accidents.
During a meeting last week, the public was briefed on a feasibility study to link the Fairfield Metro and Black Rock with a new pedestrian bridge.
The study was spearheaded by the Greater Bridgeport Regional Council. Officials hope this study will lead to the bridge construction, as well as street and sidewalk improvements in 2016.
Read the full article in the CT Post here.
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