Watch this NBC CT video with Doug Greene, then DISCOVER the answer yourself on Sunday! Ride details here.
Suburban Sports Brings Home the Gold
A hearty congratulations goes out to Suburban Sports for earning the Gold level Bicycle Friendly Business designation in the latest round of awards by the League of American Bicyclists! Suburban Sports' owner Keith Nappi is a member of Bike Walk Connecticut. Read more.
Connecticut's ranks of bike-friendly communities and businesses are growing, but there's room for plenty more. Connecticut has 7 bicycle friendly communities, 9 bicycle friendly businesses. We're still holding at just one bicycle friendly university (and that would be Yale).
Travelers, HEI Resorts Named Bronze Bicycle Friendly Businesses by the League of American Bicyclists
Connecticut now has 6 Bicycle Friendly Communities, 8 Bike Friendly Businesses and 1 Bike Friendly University.
Congratulations to Travelers in Hartford and HEI Hotels and Resorts in Norwalk for joining the ranks of more than 950 companies across the country recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly Business (BFBSM).
Travelers' programs in Hartford were awarded a Bronze and the St. Paul campus received an honorable mention. "Travelers has long supported alternative transportation for commuting to work," said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. "By supporting employees who bike to work, we are also assisting them in pursuing a healthy, active, and environmentally friendly lifestyle."
Travelers sponsors Bike to Work programs in Hartford and St. Paul, and holds transit fairs in both cities for employees to learn more about alternatives to driving. Free bike parking is also provided, along with access to showers, lockers, and a changing area.
Learn more about Travelers Bike to Work programs by contacting Anne I. Hayes, Parking & Mass Transit.
To learn more about the Bike Friendly certification process please contact Caron Whitaker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the League of American Bicyclists.
Bike Friendly State Report Cards Are Out
The League of American Bicyclists has released its annual Bike Friendly State Report Cards. Connecticut is ranked 22nd this year. See CT's report card here.
The "signs of success" and feedback from the LAB effectively set out an advocacy agenda that CT's bike ped advocates can actively promote in the coming year.
More members means more impact! Please encourage your bike ped enthusiast friends to join Bike Walk CT.
Hey CT Colleges -- Get Bike Friendly!
Connecticut has one official Bike Friendly University so far: Yale. If our other campuses want some inspiration, check out what Champlain College is doing in Burlington, VT. More here.
Remember these guys? Read and be proud of Trinity College students' op-ed in today's Hartford Courant.
Hartford Must Join Bike-Friendly Cities
Making Hartford's streets friendlier for bicycle riders would improve capital's image, especially among young
October 29, 2014 - As Trinity College students from different parts of the country, we care about the environment and its condition. We haven't been around long enough to cause climate change, but we inherited the responsibility to create a solution. That sentiment led us to take a seminar on "Cycling, Sustainability and the City of Hartford."
In addition to our classroom work, we've been getting to know Hartford by going on group bike rides on weekends. Unlike the metro areas we're from — Boston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York — we were surprised to find a cultural stigma associated with cycling in Hartford that keeps it from becoming bike-friendly, which would help to alleviate traffic, climate and demographic problems. Read the full article.
Yale Moves Up the BFU Ladder
Congratulations to Yale, for earning a Silver Bike Friendly University designation by the League of American Bicyclists. Yale became a Bronze level Bike Friendly University in 2012. Holly Parker and Team, you may take your bow now! Holly is a longtime member of Bike Walk Connecticut.
Yale reports: As interest in carbon neutral transportation in cities grows, Yale is working to become a more bicycle-friendly campus. The University’s recent efforts range from a new bike-share program to increased bike storage.
Elevating Yale’s Bicycle Friendly University status from bronze to silver was a strategy within our 2013-2016 Sustainability Strategic Plan,” said Holly Parker, Director of Sustainable Transportation Systems. “We felt that we had improved our offerings for cyclists by—among many other things—bringing a 50-bicycle Bikeshare to our campus, and increasing bicycle parking capacity.” Read Yale's announcement here.
Connecticut now has 4 Bicycle Friendly communities, 6 Bicycle Friendly Businesses, and 1 Bicycle Friendly University.
League of American Bicyclists full listings: BFUs BFCs BFBs
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CT Scores Two New BFBs
The League of American Bicyclists has just announced 150 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) in 39 states and the District of Columbia. The largest group of awardees in the program's history, this latest round grows the ranks of BFBs to more than 800 businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies in 46 states and the District of Columbia.
Congrats go out to Bicycles East in Glastonbury, with eight employees, for earning Silver BFB status, and to Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, with 7086 employees, for earning Bronze BFB status.
Bicycles East and Pratt & Whitney join four other CT businesses with BFB status, including:
Click here for the list of Fall 2014 Bicycle Friendly Business awardees
Click here for the list of ALL current Bicycle Friendly Businesses
New CTfastrak Bus Unveiled at Capitol
A new CTfastrak bus was unveiled during a ceremony at the State Capitol on Monday. The ceremony was followed by a transit-oriented development tour of the CTfastrak bus rapid transit system.
During the ceremony, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said: "CTfastrak, along with the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Program, will create opportunities for mixed-use transit-oriented development along two of the state’s most populated corridors, linking existing neighborhoods to employment centers. These transportation systems unlock the potential for TOD development that can support the creation of housing choice and vibrant commercial centers that allow residents to work, play, and shop without the need of a car."
The bus that was unveiled will be part of a new fleet of hybrid diesel-electric buses that will begin operating in central Connecticut in early 2015. The buses will include 30-foot buses to provide neighborhood circulator service and 40-foot buses to operate connector routes. The main line service will be operated with 60-foot articulated buses that will begin to arrive in the fall. All the new buses will feature GPS tracking so riders can find out where their bus is, LED lighting and free WiFi service.
Following the CTfastrak bus unveiling ceremony and press conference, officials took a transit-oriented development tour of the CTfastrak guideway. The tour began at the CTfastrak Downtown New Britain Station and followed the guideway through Newington, West Hartford and into Hartford.
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