Bicycling

Rell: State Transportation Projects Advancing Under Stimulus Program

Feb 26th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced that the $455 million in federal stimulus funds awarded to the state Department of Transportation have been 100 percent obligated to 152 projects around the state, clearing the way for a busy spring construction season. The 100 percent obligation means that the projects have received approval for funding by

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Finding balance between bikes and train passengers is a priority, officials say

Feb 26th, 2010 | By

Allowing bicycles aboard peak-hour trains between Stamford and New Haven and integrating questions about bikes into MTA commuter surveys could help bring cyclists and skeptical commuters closer to a compromise on how much access bicycles should have on Metro-North Railroad rail cars, rail advocates said Wednesday night. via Finding balance between bikes and train passenger

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Hefty price tag for Portland bike plan – Connecticut Post

Feb 12th, 2010 | By

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The 2030 Portland Bicycle Plan, envisioning a future when 25 percent of trips are made by bike, is expected to coast to approval when it goes before the City Council on Thursday. It’s easy to green-light America’s most ambitious investment in bicycling when it would be funded down the road. But

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Improve tourism with fewer cars | The Day

Feb 9th, 2010 | By

We are heartened by plans to study the idea of a transportation center near the Interstate 95 Exit 90 interchange, where visitors could park their cars and then board trolleys, take water taxis, hop on bicycles or simply walk to such attractions as Olde Mistick Village, Mystic Aquarium, the Seaport and downtown. But before we

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Town tries for ‘Bicycle-Friendly Community’ status – The Bristol Press

Feb 8th, 2010 | By

PLAINVILLE — From Santa Barbara, Calif. to Burlington, Vt., dozens of cities and towns across the nation have been designated as Bicycle-Friendly Communities. Now a group of local biking enthusiasts are hoping that Plainville can be added to that list. The Plainville Bicycle Friendly Committee met Thursday to discuss an upcoming event that could bring

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New Britain-Hartford Busway Rundown from Richard Stowe

Feb 8th, 2010 | By

Last night, Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency (CCRPA) Board members faced a critical choice for the future economic and environmental sustainability of the Central Connecticut region. What was on the board’s agenda was the future of the New Britain-Hartford Busway. Prior to the vote board members heard a presentation of a reasoned alternative put forward

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Trail Design Study Complete | Plainville Greenway Alliance

Jan 28th, 2010 | By

The conclusion from this exploration was that the existing railroad right-of-way was unsuitable for a rail-with-trail from the town Center south due to many encroachment and drainage problems. They then examined other proposed routes and suggested a few of their own, after soliciting input from town residents at several public forums. What emerged as the

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Elm City Cycling presents bike plan | WTNH.com NewHavenIndependent

Jan 28th, 2010 | By

Finish Howard Avenue’s bike lane and the bike route from Westville to downtown. Put in that new 60-space bike parking area at Union Station. Teach kids about safe biking through the schools. Install a covered bike rack on Church Street. Create new bike routes linking downtown to Fair Haven, the Heights, the Annex, and the

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Initiatives Give Cycling Fresh Legs – Courant.com

Jan 10th, 2010 | By

Connecticut cyclists are looking forward to a banner year in 2010 — and that’s good news for the state’s economy, environment and quality of life. After decades of official neglect, recent months have seen completion of important sections of the Farmington Valley Trail, adoption of a statewide bicycle and pedestrian plan, passage of a law

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Bike friendly plans under way | Granby News

Jan 8th, 2010 | By

According to Town Manager Bill Smith, joining the Bicycle Friendly Community Project would benefit the town by increasing awareness of bicycle safety and encouraging programs like the Ride to Work program. It would also create programs like the succesful youth bicycle safety program the Granby Police did several years ago. via Fike friendly plans under

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Enthusiasts want Simsbury to be bike friendly | The Simsbury News

Dec 30th, 2009 | By

SIMSBURY — Two residents who want Simsbury to become the first official Bicycle Friendly Community in Connecticut have pushed their pedals to town hall to plead their case to the Board of Selectmen. At the board’s Dec. 14 meeting, a presentation was made by active cyclists Paul Mikkelson and auto dealership owner Steve Mitchell, who

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Greenways Can Achieve Most of 2020 US Climate Goal | East Coast Greenway

Dec 30th, 2009 | By

As world leaders gather in Copenhagen to negotiate international strategy to lower global greenhouse emissions, I’d like to share a vision for part of the solution. Greenways and other improvements in bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure can make make a huge impact lowering emissions in the coming decade. via Greenways Can Achieve Most of 2020 US

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Fairfield, CT, Needs a Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan – The Petition Site

Dec 28th, 2009 | By

Did you ever try walking or biking down the Post Road in Fairfield? This section of the Post Road does not even have a sidewalk…only parking! For this reason and many others, we believe that Fairfield must develop a bicycle and pedestrian plan as a first step towards a safer and more sustainable biking and

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Commuter incentive program continues to grow – The Advocate

Dec 7th, 2009 | By

A state-sponsored online program that links commuters to travel companions and offers rewards for car and van pools, bicycling, or riding the train to work has gained more than 1,000 new members this year and eliminated nearly 160,000 vehicle trips from state roads. Nu-Ride, a ride-sharing Web site, enrolled 1,463 new members since January, bringing

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Big News on the Merritt Parkway Trail! | Route7Greenway.blogspot.com

Dec 5th, 2009 | By

Late October witnessed a landmark moment in the development of the East Coast Greenway. At the Fairfield County/East Coast Greenway Bicycle & Pedestrian Summit, ConnDOT Deputy Commissioner Albert Martin announced that the Department of Transportation would no longer oppose development of a Merritt Parkway Trail! Click here for the website of the Merritt Parkway Trail

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Regional Greenway Study Presented – Bob Mezzo’s Blog

Dec 5th, 2009 | By

Naugatuck Mayor Bob Mezzo writes about how the beauty of the Naugatuck Valley can only be viewed “through old paintings and works of art ” and how, for more than 100 years, walking along the Naugy River has been impeded by construction projects. But, a ray of hope is visible in plans by town leaders

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Rail v. Busway, by Richard Stowe | railtec.org

Dec 3rd, 2009 | By

Rail v. busway and the political realities of both Stowe: Have you been following the New Britain Busway proposal? Transportation professional: Only somewhat. I know the basics. Stowe: Is the proposal as designed a good idea? Transportation professional: From what I’ve heard it’s good, but not great. Stowe: Proponents cite estimates of 15,000 daily riders,

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SUSTAINABILITY SPOTLIGHT: Connecticut Cycling Studio Connects Human Energy To The Grid

Dec 1st, 2009 | By

Go Green Fitness Converts Cycling Workouts into Clean and Renewable Energy A revolutionary exercise program has opened at Go Green Fitness in Orange, Connecticut. Using technology developed by Ridgefield-based The Green Revolution, the power generated from cycling workouts helps make the gym’s environment cleaner, greener and sustainable while promoting a healthy lifestyle. A news conference

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Bolton Activist Appointed To Bike Advisory Board — Courant.com

Nov 25th, 2009 | By

BOLTON — – Environmental activist Rodney Parlee has been appointed to the newly established Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Board by state Sen. President Donald Williams and Gov. M. Jodi Rell. via Bolton Activist Appointed To Bike Advisory Board — Courant.com.



Eco Man – Additional tracks on the Amtrak corridor | By Richard Stowe, NCAdvertiser

Nov 23rd, 2009 | By

A transit community buzzword is “transportation choice.” But the busway proposal actually limits “transportation choice” by siting it on New Britain Secondary and Amtrak railroad right-of-ways. The busway eliminates potential direct Amtrak or commuter rail service between Hartford, New Britain, Meriden and New Haven. Including New Britain on the NHHS corridor is critical to foster

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