2019 Discover CT Bicycle Tours
THANK YOU to all riders, marshals, partners, sponsors and volunteers in New Britain (Sept 15) and Falls Village (June 23)!
In preparation for the Discover CT Bicycle Tour in New Britain on Sunday, September 15, the ride marshals enjoyed a group ride this weekend along the scenic 25-mile route.
The candidates attending this past weekend's League Cycling Instructor (LCI) Seminar in Glastonbury successfully demonstrated parking lot drills & other teaching exercises under the direction of Coach Rich Conroy from NYC. The Seminar included students from CT, ME, MA, and Washington D.C. The high heat and humidity was a challenge, but everyone managed it well. Congratulations to all the new LCIs!
Friday, July 12th, 2019 to Sunday, July 14th, 2019
Bike Walk CT provided bike parking at Sailfest in New London this weekend. We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity and had lots of great conversations about biking and walking in CT. Thanks to Bill Lunn, Nancy Dunn, Alanna Readel, Marty Olsen, and Rob Bareiss for volunteering to staff at Sailfest.
Bike Walk Connecticut thanks the folks that visited our tent at the Coventry Farmers Market on Sunday, June 30! We enjoyed great conversation about bike/ped advocacy, bicycle education, upcoming events, and grocery-getting by bicycle!
We had a great turnout of families who joined Bike Walk CT, Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington, Southington Police Bike Patrol, and Bike New Britain at our second annual Bike Safe Southington on Friday evening.
The attendees enthusiastically participated in several event activities such as the "melon drop" demonstration, the "how slow can you go" race, and the bicycle part tagging competition.
Thanks to everyone for joining us at the Old State House in Hartford for Bike Walk CT's Bike To Work festivities on Friday. Special thanks to DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes for cycling in from West Hartford, and presenting DEEP's goals and initiatives to the Bike To Work crowd. Thanks also to our exhibitors - Watch for Me CT, CTrides, CTtransit, Bike MS, BiCi Co. Community Bike Shop, and AAA (who provided a SAG vehicle for any cyclist needing assistance riding to or from the event).
Bike Walk Connecticut’s ‘Teach the Physical Education Teachers’ workshop held on Saturday, April 7, 2019 in Glastonbury provided educators with resources, tools and skills needed to implement and teach bicycle education to elementary school students. Many thanks to Ginny Hole and Ken Sek from South Windsor Walk & Wheel Ways for partnering with Bike Walk Connecticut to help teach this workshop. Thanks also to Glastonbury Parks & Recreation and the Glastonbury Public Schools for providing us a facility to conduct this event.
The workshop consisted of presentations, hands-on, in-class demonstrations, on-bike parking lot drills, and a group ride; in addition to simulations of instruction methods appropriate for elementary school students.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to making this workshop a success!
Executive Director News
Bike Walk CT is pleased to announce that Susan Smith was recently selected as our new Executive Director and will be transitioning with current Executive Director Adina Giannelli over the coming month. Sue will begin her new role on Monday April 30, 2018. As Executive Director, Sue will be responsible for leading Bike Walk CT's operational activities, with emphasis on applying her skill sets to implement strategies and programs which support the organization's mission to make Connecticut safer and more appealing for cyclists and pedestrians.
Sue has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut, in addition to two Master's degrees. Her career has included experience in engineering, budget management, program management, event planning, business efficiency, and communications. She is a League Cycling Instructor (LCI). She has served on the Bike Walk CT board of directors and led the Discover CT cycling events in 2016. In addition, she has unbound enthusiasm for encouraging and enabling the public-at-large to become involved in both cycling and walking.
Please join us in wishing Sue success as she moves into this new role.
We Have a New Home!
We are pleased to announce that as of May 1 Bike Walk CT will have an office at 190 Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford. This will enhance our ability to support our state-wide activities and programs, while also being in close proximity to the State Capitol, Legislative Office Building, and key State agencies.
May is Bike Month
May is National Bike Month! Check out our Bike to Work page for information, including Bike to Work Day events near you. Don't see your event listed? Send us your info so we can post it (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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