Metro-North puts off bike rack testing for new cars

Aug 23rd, 2010 | By

While cycling advocates hope to gain greater space aboard trains, Metro-North Railroad has slowed down plans to endorse a bike-hook design for Connecticut’s new 300-plus car M-8 fleet, officials said. via Metro-North puts off bike rack testing for new cars – Connecticut Post.

Tour Des Farms: 25-mile Bicycle, Concert Tour Stops At Local Farms, Greenhouses, Orchards

Jul 29th, 2010 | By

CT Folk is holding its second annual Tour des Farms, a day-long bicycle and concert tour, on Sunday. The 25-mile route begins and ends in Hamden, with stops at farms, greenhouses, orchards and historic sites. Bikes can purchase fresh produce that will be delivered at the end of the ride. At each stop, Connecticut musicians

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Himes, Finch, Pavia Announce Funding for Local Transportation Projects

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

Jul 26 2010 Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4), Stamford Mayor Mike Pavia, and Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch announced today that the U.S. House Appropriations Committee has approved $1 million for completion of the Stamford Urban Transitway and $450,000 for the construction of Bridgeport’s Congress Street Bridge. “Even in tough economic times, investing in

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Support The Active Community Transportation Act of 2010

Jul 20th, 2010 | By

U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) introduced H.R. 4722, the Active Community Transportation Act of 2010, in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Encourage your U.S. representative to co-sponsor the legislation now! Or, find out if your representative has already signed on.

Bike Walk CT Hiring an Executive Director

Jul 16th, 2010 | By

Bike Walk Connecticut, formerly the Central Connecticut Bicycle Alliance, is hiring its first-ever full-time executive director, another sign of how cycling and pedestrian advocacy has ramped up in the state in recent years. Recently, Bike Walk CT helped advocate for the state’s complete streets law and a “vulnerable users” bill to protect pedestrians, cyclists, emergency

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Plan kicks off for Norwalk bike, walk lanes

Jul 15th, 2010 | By

Widening sidewalks, adding bike racks, and creating bicycle lanes were among the ideas put forward by a planning consultant at the kickoff meeting of the Bikeway & Pedestrian Transportation Plan at City Hall on Wednesday night.

Meriden Land Trust ‘Take a Hike’ Project Espouses Becoming One With Nature

Jul 14th, 2010 | By

Dwight Needels, the current President of the Meriden Land Trust and the primary author of the Meriden Land Trust Trail Guide Brochures, sent the following information about their new, beautiful trail guides. Four Meriden Land Trust trail guide brochures debuted at this year’s Meriden Daffodil Festival, April 24 and 25. They were also made available at

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Plantsville senior champions the benefits of trails

Jul 12th, 2010 | By

SOUTHINGTON – By any definition, John Paturel of Plantsville is a true athlete, but those who know the 70-year-old say his interest in sports has more to do with friendship than competition. Paturel is a former paratrooper who now concentrates on land-based activities such as bicycling, downhill skiing and rollerblading. He has bladed the 44-mile

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Seeing City (Hartford) Sites Sustainably

Jul 7th, 2010 | By

It is not a bike race. It is a bike ride. It is not a foot race. It is a walk. Actually, organizers say it is: “an anti-sprawl, pro-fun, pro-sustainable-city, anti-pollution, anti-couch potato, pro-bicycle, pro-pedestrian event.” The 2010 Discover Hartford Bicycle & Walking Tour, the third in recent years, will be held Saturday, September 11,

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The Return of the Bicycle | Lester R. Brown

Jul 7th, 2010 | By

The bicycle has many attractions as a form of personal transportation. It alleviates congestion, lowers air pollution, reduces obesity, increases physical fitness, does not emit climate-disrupting carbon dioxide, and is priced within the reach of the billions of people who cannot afford a car. Bicycles increase mobility while reducing congestion and the area of land

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Groton urged to plan now for more powerful storms to come

Jul 2nd, 2010 | By

Town task force on climate change holds 2nd hearing Groton – Becoming a more energy efficient, bicycle and pedestrian friendly town is one way Groton can respond to the challenges of climate change, local officials and residents told the panel tasked with developing a climate change plan for the town. Groton urged to plan now

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Tour des Farms Bicycle Ride Aug. 1

Jun 21st, 2010 | By

CT Folk’s Tour des Farms will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Aug. 1, 2010. For $35, participants will embark from the Miller Library in Hamden on a 25-mile leisure bicycle ride to local farms, greenhouses, orchards, and other agricultural treasures in the greater New Haven area: Hamden, Cheshire and North Haven. Registration

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Glassman unveils new bicycle policy

Jun 20th, 2010 | By

SIMSBURY — In a state that ranks 40th in terms of Bicycle Friendly States, according to the League of American Bicyclists, First Selectman Mary Glassman is determined to show citizens and lawmakers that the bicycle is a feasible alternative to polluted, congested roadways.

Connecticut’s Cycling & Pedestrian Efforts Continue | CTLCV

Jun 14th, 2010 | By

Connecticut’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Committee met this past Tuesday, June 8 at the Capitol Region Council of Governments to report its progress on implementing its Bicycle-Pedestrian Plan. Since March 9, 2010, the committee has established a Bicycle Education Program at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in several regions. The committee and the

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DEP: Governor Rell Commends Open Space Advocates

Jun 8th, 2010 | By

As part of the nationwide celebration of National Trails Day, which was Saturday, June 5, Gov. M. Jodi Rell commended 13 individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the promotion, development and enhancement of Greenways — linear open space in Connecticut. Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette joined Connecticut Greenways

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Ways To Improve Bike Safety: Letter to the Editor

Jun 7th, 2010 | By

Construction of the East Coast Greenway bike path through Connecticut deserves funding [editorial, May 29, “Build Trails, Mrs. Rell”]. This path will provide an economic boost, enable many to choose healthy active transportation and will entice many more to ride for exercise and recreation. But trails are not the only answer to improving bicycle safety

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Bicycling and lawsuits

Jun 4th, 2010 | By

The Metropolitan District Commission is looking to close access to bikes — and, conceivably, runners and walkers — at all of its reserviors because of a ridiculous $2.9 million jury verdict this month. The case was brought by a mountain biker who was severely injured when she crashed into one of the large steel gates

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Bicycle rentals now available at Hammonasset Beach State Park

Jun 4th, 2010 | By

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announces new feature at Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison – bicycle rentals. Bicycle rentals are available weekends only through June 20. Beginning June 26, rentals will be available every day through Labor Day, September 6, 2010. via Bicycle rentals now available at Hammonasset Beach State Park |

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Build bike lanes in Connecticut

Jun 2nd, 2010 | By

Bike paths The governor should commit to the East Coast Greenway Few investments address as many problems at once as multi-use trails. Trails provide a means to combat obesity, climate change and dependence on foreign oil. They enhance quality of life, reduce transportation costs and spur economic development (witness the bike shops, restaurants and guest

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Build bike lanes in Connecticut – Courant Editorial

May 29th, 2010 | By

Bike paths The governor should commit to the East Coast Greenway In the past month, three bicyclists have been badly injured — two critically — in collisions with cars. These awful accidents underscore the need to separate, wherever possible, the places where people drive cars from the places where they ride bikes. That means marked

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