Recognizing that biking and walking more and driving less will reduce the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and climate change, Bike Walk Connecticut was pleased to be a co-sponsor of the July 19 2013 press conference held in Hartford with Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy. Held during another scorching heat wave, the event drew a packed crowd of supporters.
In 2010, transportation contributed approximately 27 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Transportation is also the largest end-use source of greenhouse gases (including direct emissions and emissions from electricity use), and accounts for 45 percent of the net increase in total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from 1990-2010. (source: EPA)
More: Blumenthal/Murphy Press Release; Courant story by Daniela Altimari; iWillAct.us
Hartford, Conn. (July 22, 2013) — The 2013 Discover Hartford Bicycle Tour will take place Saturday, September 21, 2013 starting at Bushnell Park in Hartford.
The sixth annual tour will take place in conjunction with Hartford’s Envisionfest, a celebration of Hartford’s arts, food and culture.
Hosted by Bike Walk Connecticut, the tour is a fun, family-friendly, leisurely ride that welcomes cyclists of all abilities to explore our capital city’s diverse neighborhoods, architectural and cultural gems and parks by bicycle.
Riders can choose to ride a 10-, 25- or 40-mile route. Attractions across each route vary, however, some of the highlights along the way may include: Bushnell Park, the Soldier & Sailors Memorial Arch, the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Mark Twain House, the ButlerMcCook House and Gardens, the Colt building, the Bushnell, Riverside Park, Keney Park, Pope Park, The Hartford Circus Fire Memorial, Trinity College, Charter Oak Landing, the Artist Collective, Goodwin Park, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Park and more!
When: Saturday, September 21, 2013. Check-in and late registration: 7-8 a.m. Opening ceremonies: 8:45 a.m. Ride leaves: 9 a.m. Ride returns on your own schedule.
Cost through September 18: $30 Bike Walk Connecticut members; $40 non-members; $10 for youth under 18. After September 18 registration is $45 for members and nonmembers and $10 for youth under 18.
More information and registration is available online at www.bikewalkct.org.
Bike Walk Connecticut is a member supported, not-for-profit organization that promotes bikeable, walkable communities for a healthier, cleaner Connecticut.
For more information and/or for press images, contact Bike Walk Connecticut’s Executive Director, Kelly Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-904-2420.
Neighbors to DOT: You Can Do Better
An article on the CT News Junkie web site quotes Bike Walk Connecticut Board Member, Chris Brown.
A group of Hartford residents told state Department of Transportation engineers Tuesday that they need to do better when it comes to offering up design concepts for the pedestrian bridge over Flower Street.
“I want you to believe in yourself more,” Chris Brown, director of Bike Walk Connecticut, told them.
The meeting Tuesday comes after a year-long battle between the state agency and the Asylum Hill and Frog Hollow neighborhood organizations.
The neighborhood groups fought for Flower Street, sandwiched between Farmington and Capitol Avenue, to remain open during construction of the New Britain-to-Hartford busway. They also wanted to ensure it remained open to foot and bike traffic after the busway is built, which is why they challenged the DOT at an administrative hearing that concluded in May.
Click here to read the story in its entirety on the CT News Junkie site.
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