The East Coast Greenway Alliance made a stop in New Haven on August 19 during their week-long bike ride from Hartford to Philadelphia.
The East Coast Greenway runs from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida. This week's ride is part of the Alliance's effort to bike different sections of the trail, and eventually cycling all the way to Key West.
The group stopped in New Haven to put of the first of the Greenway's trail signs in the city. The first sign went up outside of New Haven's City Hall.
In New Haven the East Coast Greenway goes through the center to allow cyclists to see the historical aspects of New Haven.
Photo courtesy of Thomas MacMillan, New Haven Independent.
The final phase of New Haven's portion of the Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway Trail has received its final approval.
According to the New Haven Independent, New Haven's City Plan Commission unanimously approved the final phase’s plan on July 31.
From an entry plaza at Grove Street the trail will continue at street level via Grove, Olive, Water, Brewery and Sargent. Pedestrians will use new city sidewalks marked by embossed canal pavers, and bicyclists will follow “sharrow” marked bike lanes. At Water Street pedestrians will take the north side on new sidewalks, while bicyclists will be able to use a dedicated bike track on the south side. The latter will be built in sections a block at a time down to the new boathouse.
The federal government will pay for most of the $7 million final phase, officials said. The 20 percent portion the City of New Haven is responsible for is largely being underwritten by Yale.
You'll still need to forge a relationship with your local public works, traffic, or town councilor or selectman to make headway on getting bike-friendly signs or sharrows installed, but once you've done that, here's some information for practical next steps.
The bike friendly signs and sharrows are from the Manual on Uniform traffic Control devices, the MUTCD. (http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/ or Part 9 of that resource here.
If signs are used as described in the MUTCD they are legal. There is no “3 feet, It’s the Law” official signage. There is an official “Bikes May Use full Lane” sign. So the MUTCD is where to go to find out what kind of signs can be used. Then they can be purchased or made by the town in its sign shop (if it has one). Any sign supplier that the Town uses should be able to supply these signs.
For other Share the Road resources, see the DOT's page at http://www.ct.gov/dot/cwp/view.asp?a=2314&q=433254.
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