Connecticut’s Local Bicycle and Pedestrian Groups

We have compiled a list of local Connecticut bicycle and pedestrian groups, separated by region, for your convenience.

 
Capitol Region Council of Governments
Bike Walk Avon CT is an all volunteer community-based organization working with the Town of Avon and other local groups advocating for a safe and more bicycle and pedestrian friendly environment in Avon and in the Farmington Valley. They can be contacted via their Facebook page or emailed directly here.

Bike Walk Bolton is a volunteer organization made up of area residents whose mission is to advocate for the expansion of safe, practical and accessible means of moving about our community for pedestrians, cyclists and the mobility challenged. Their main areas of focus are to educate Bolton residents on bike and pedestrian-related health, safety, and benefit information; advocate for the continued development and use of multi-use trails; and strive to help the town achieve “Bike Friendly Community” status. They can be contacted via their Facebook page.

Bike Walk Canton CT is a citizen advocacy group founded to promote cycling and pedestrian activities in our community. They can be contacted by emailing BikeWalkCantonCT@gmail.com.

Bicycle Friendly Farmington is a volunteer-driven community organization that supports bicycling in the town of Farmington. They work with the Town of Farmington to promote, identify, and support bicycling in Farmington’s vast network of multi-use trails; between schools, homes, and businesses; and for recreation and transportation purposes. Their main areas of focus are weekend and weekday social rides and safety and education in the form of classes at the Farmington Continuing Education center, pop-up bicycle safety clinics, and bicycle safety rodeos in elementary, middle, and high schools. They can be contacted via email at vice_chair@bicyclefriendlyfarmington.org.

Bike Walk Glastonbury (BWG) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide citizen advocacy and support for a more cycling and walking friendly environment within Glastonbury. Their current projects consist of proposing connected bike pathways across the town and putting up Share the Road signs around Glastonbury. BWG meets the second Monday of March, June, September, and December. They can be contacted via email at info@bikewalkglastonbury.org.

Bike Mansfield is a bicycle advocacy group that formed to promote bicycling in Mansfield and to assist the town in securing the “Bicycle Friendly Community” distinction. Their main areas of focus are bicycle facility planning, bicycle education, workshops in the areas of bike maintenance, riding techniques and safety, touring, racing, and help in setting up a Complete Streets policy. They can be contacted via their Facebook page.

Bike New Britain is an advocacy group whose goal is to promote safe bicycling throughout New Britain contributing to a livable, sustainable community. Bike New Britain provides bikes to the community through donations and a Bike Share Program, educates riders of all ages, advises the City’s Public Works Department regarding bicycle infrastructure, and organizes group rides including the annual Hardware City Bike Tour. They can be contacted via email at bikenewbritain@gmail.com​.

Bloomfield Complete Streets is a town effort to create safe and accessible transportation options for Bloomfield Residents and visitors of all ages and abilities. 

CRCOG Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee is a subcommittee of the CRCOG Transportation Committee and oversees bicycle and pedestrian planning for the region. The Committee meets on a quarterly basis on the second Tuesday of the month at 12 noon. Contact Caitlin Palmer for more information at cpalmer@crcog.org

Hartford Complete Streets Committee was created to oversee the efforts to make Hartford’s streets safe, comfortable, and accessible by walking, driving, bicycling, or taking public transportation. For over a decade, the City and State have invested millions of dollars to plan, design, engineer and construct streetscapes throughout the community. From the first projects on Maple Avenue and Park Street, to the most recent on Pratt Street and Farmington Avenue, the City continues to invest in making streets safe and enjoyable. Contact Grace Yi for more information at grace.yi@hartford.gov.

Simsbury Free Bike is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to building bike friendly communities and encouraging cycling for fun, fitness, and transportation. In addition to running the regional bike share program, Simsbury Free Bike works with local and regional leaders to promote a safe and friendly walking and biking community. Their main areas of focus are on advocacy work and continuing to build up the bike share program. They can be contacted via email at simsburyfreebike@gmail.com

South Windsor Walk and Wheels Way is a sub-committee of the town’s Parks & Recreation Dept. whose mission is to create and implement a comprehensive plan to provide safe non-motorized passages for the community by expanding and linking trails, neighborhoods, transportation, public premises and open spaces within our community and to other towns. They meet on the first Wednesday of every month. They can be contacted via email at swwandww@cox.net.

Transport Hartford Academy is deepening resident engagement and is supporting a growing group of active and informed residents who will shape future transportation developments. Transport Hartford has a number of action teams that aim to improve the region’s economic vitality, quality of life, and environmental sustainability. They can be contacted via email at transporthartford@ctprf.orgBiCi Co. Community Bicycle Workshop is a sister program to the Transport Hartford Academy, and provides advocacy communications, organizing, and bike safety outreach / education.

Walk/Bike Rocky Hill is a volunteer group working to make Rocky Hill a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly place. Rocky Hill
has a total of about 8 miles of trails at Quarry, Bulkley, Dividend and Dinosaur parks. They have a volunteer trail manager system
that helps to maintain the trails in conjunction with their Parks and Rec Department. They offer guided hikes and bikes throughout the year. They are working on linking their trails, adding way-finding signs, and making their town more accessible for walkers and bicyclists. Volunteers are welcomed. Walk/Bike Rocky Hill can be reached via Ed Chiucarello at 860-906-7579 and on social media with Instagram (@walkbikerockyhill) and Facebook (Walk-Bike Rocky Hill, CT 06067).

Bike West Hartford is a non-profit organization that advocates for improved biking, walking, and mass transit infrastructure in all neighborhoods, builds stronger community engagement for mobility justice, and connects with partner organizations across the Hartford region and Connecticut. Two additional programs are the Cycling Without Age chapter to provide free pedicab rides to elderly people with limited mobility, and the Center Streets open streets festival. Contact via email at BikeWestHartfordInc@gmail.com.

Bike Walk Wethersfield is an advisory committee whose mission is to create and expand non-motorized passages for the community and provide safer, more pedestrian and bicycle friendly roads throughout Wethersfield and to link neighborhoods, public premises and open spaces within their community and to other towns. Their main areas of focus are on the Wethersfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and implementing a Complete Streets policy. They can be contacted via email at bikewalkwethersfield@gmail.com.

Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments
Bike Cheshire is a bike share group dedicated to encouraging a lifestyle of riding bikes for recreation, transportation and/or commuting. Their main areas of focus are on the free bike-share program, educational resources, and advocacy. Bikes can be picked up along the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in Cheshire. While free, they require a small cash deposit you get back once you’re done. They can be contacted via email at cheshirefreebike@gmail.com.

Western Connecticut Council of Governments
New Milford Bike Walk an all-volunteer, charitable non-profit organization that supports a vibrant, healthy region by promoting the creation of multi-use trails, bike lanes, walkways, and other measures that make it safer and easier to walk or bicycle for recreation and transportation. Their main areas of focus are group walks, group rides, trail maintenance, and bicycle education in local schools. They hold meetings on the third Wednesday of every month. They can be contacted via the “Contact Us” section of their website.

Bike/Walk Norwalk is a volunteer organization that supports bicycling and walking as safe, accessible, and sustainable forms of transportation and recreation that increase the City of Norwalk’s livability and economic vitality, and improve public and environmental health. Their main areas of focus are to promote Complete Streets programs, to work on the City of Norwalk’s Master Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans, and to participate in community outreach events related to bicycling and pedestrian issues. They hold meetings on the first Monday of the month. They can be contacted via email at norwalkbikewalk@gmail.com.

People Friendly Stamford is an advocacy group whose mission is to connect Stamford’s neighborhoods in a way that is safe and enjoyable for bicycling and walking. Their main areas of focus are on the Complete Streets policy, Monday night bike rides, and continuing their work towards making Stamford a more bicyclist and pedestrian friendly city. They meet both monthly and quarterly to network and discuss bicyclist and pedestrian issues. They can be contacted via email at info@peoplestamford.org.

South Central Regional Council of Governments
Bradley Street Bicycle Co-Op is a community bike shop working towards an equitable New Haven by getting people on bikes. Their main areas of focus are their bicycle recycling program, open shop hours, and used bike shop. The bicycle recycling program consists of repairs to bikes that are donated to them. The open shop hours allows members to get repairs to their bikes or to just sit in store and hang out every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00pm-7:00pm. The used bike shop affords the co-op the opportunity to fund itself by selling the donated bikes that they repair. More information can be found at their website linked above.

Elm City Cycling is a volunteer-run, member-supported non-profit organization that aims to make New Haven a better place to get around by bicycle by both advocating for better bicycling conditions and organizing events. Their main areas of focus are conducting Smart Cycling classes and organizing events, such as the Bike to Work Breakfast. They meet the second Monday of every month. They can be contacted via email at elmcitycycling@gmail.com.

Bike New Haven is a bike share program. Users can rent a bike via a mobile app for 45 minutes and return it to the nearest drop of zone. The cost is calculated once the bike is returned to a rack. A single ride costs $1.75 while a year of unlimited 45 minute rides costs $90. More pricing information and the group’s mission can be found on their website.

New Haven Coalition for Active Transportation is an educational organization whose mission is to promote walking, biking, and all active transportation as healthy, safe, and environmentally friendly. Their main areas of focus are educational classes in areas such as traffic safety and more. They have class offerings on their website. Registration is required.

Bike New London is an advocacy group whose mission is to increase bicycle use in the city of New London and make New London a more bicycle-friendly community. Their main areas of focus are educational classes, which are taught at their refurbished bicycle shop, annual “Bike Fest” events on the waterfront, and advocating for the Montauk Avenue bike lane project. They can be contacted via email at bicyclenl@gmail.com.

SpokesPeople is a student-run bicycle collective at Connecticut Collage. For more information you can reach them via email: Tristan Cole & Ola Rys.

Southeastern Region Council of Governments
Fairfield Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee 

Bike Groton is a volunteer nonprofit bike and pedestrian advocacy organization that supports improved conditions in Groton and the southeast CT region.  Their focus is developing cooperative relationships with the CTDOT and local governments for adoption of Complete Streets policies and mechanisms that ensure their enactment. They meet on the first Monday of each month.  Website soon to be up and running.

Bike Stonington is a community group looking to increase bike access, bike safety, and bike awareness in the town and area of Stonington, CT. They have a Facebook and Twitter account.

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