Access & Mobility

A well-balanced transportation system – one that provides high quality transit and promotes active transportation modes (walking and biking) that complement and compete with the automobile – is a critical component of creating sustainable, livable communities and regions. Not only is access to multiple transportation options important for the environment and physical health, but mobility is essential for accessing opportunity in all aspects of life (housing, education, employment, health care, healthy food, recreation and more).  A compilation of resources and information addressing access and mobility can be found in this section, with a focus on Bike and Pedestrian, Transit and Complete Street initiatives.

Reports / Plans

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CRCOG Regional Pedestrian/Bicycle Plan

As part of its Active Transportation Initiative, CRCOG completed work on a new CRCOG Regional Pedestrian/Bicycle Plan and the Policy Board adopted the Ped/Bike plan in April 2008. Active Transportation is a movement that recognizes the importance of active modes of travel, walking and bicycling, as integral parts of our transportation system. This document builds upon CRCOG’s previous regional bike and pedestrian plans (2000 & 2005), to create a results oriented program that will make the region more bikeable and walkable.  The goal of the plan is quite simple, to create a plan that will lead to significant shifts in the numbers of people who choose to walk and bicycle for regular transportation. To view the CRCOG Regional Pedestrian/Bicycle Plan and related documents, visit http://www.crcog.org/transportation/bicycle/bp_plan.html.

 

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Bridgeport Complete Streets Policy & Action Plan: Ch. 3 Bike & Pedestrian Safety

The City of Bridgeport is the largest city in Connecticut and is home to five major vehicular transportation corridors.  Because of the dense concentration of automobile and truck traffic in and around the city, pedestrians and bicyclists face numerous challenges.  The Complete Streets report addresses and offers solutions to these challenges. Chapter three of this report is a model for other cities and regions as it compares Bridgeport’s bicycle and pedestrian safety to other major cities in the state.  For the full report, visit:

http://www.gbrct.org/uploads/PDFs/Publications/Reports/Transportation/Pedestrians-Bikes/Bridgeport-Complete-Streets/Bridgeport-Complete-Streets-August-2011.pdf

 

Smart Growth America’s National Complete Street Coalition 2014 Pedestrian Fatality Report


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  is a national report on the epidemic of pedestrian fatalities and what can be done to prevent these deaths. Dangerous by Design 2014 crunches the numbers on ten years of pedestrian fatality data, looking at where these fatalities happen and who’s most at risk, and makes specific recommendations at the national and state levels.

Click here to download the full report.

 

 

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The Complete Streets Master Plan for Downtown New Britain is intended to serve as a guide for creating a more pedestrian-friendly, attractive and livable environment throughout the downtown area in preparation for the 2015 scheduled opening of the $572 million CTfastrak (Bus Rapid Transit) project. This Master Plan serves as a continuation of work that was identified in the City’s 2008 Downtown Development Plan, which recognized the need to make the downtown road network safer and more pedestrian-friendly. Road diets, shared parking and the first head out, angled parking spaces in the state are highlighted as part of the improvements strategy.

Click here to download the full report. A PowerPoint presentation about the plan can also be accessed here.

NEW-Check out this great video showcasing how the City of New Britain embraced the Complete Streets concept!

 

CS-Manual-FINAL_001City of New Haven Complete Streets Design Manual

Adopted in 2010, the City of New Haven Complete Streets Design Manual fulfills a 2008 mandate to create a document to promote the development of progressive design guidelines.  It provides technical guidance on the building, rebuilding, repair and rehabilitation of city streets with the intent of balancing the needs of all users.  This comprehensive Manual includes the City’s Complete Streets policy, ordinance and a detailed complete streets toolbox, highlights guiding principles and contains standard engineering details.

Click here to download the full report.

 

Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metrosfoot-traffic-ahead_001

This report, conducted by The George Washington University’s Center for Real Estate & Urban Analysis in conjunction with LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, a coalition of Smart Growth America, identifies each metro’s WalkUPs (walkable urban places) and ranks the top 30 U.S. metropolitan areas. Foot Traffic Ahead examines what percent of a metro area’s office and retail space is collected in walkable places, shows the connection between walkable places, education levels and regional wealth, and explores a market trend that indicates the end of sprawl among the highest ranked metros. Additionally, a series of forward-looking metrics examine the future development patterns in the 30 metro areas to predict how walkable or how sprawling their future development is likely to be.

Click here to access the full report.

 

Smart GrowthThe Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014        

In February 2015, the Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition published a report on eleven communities that have made significant advancements in developing comprehensive and successful Complete Streets policies. Currently, only 712 jurisdictions in the United States have adopted a Complete Streets development model. These policies have not only made streets safer for all users, but they also make the community more functional and connected to opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, incomes, ethnicities and modes of travel. The report includes policy language implemented by the highlighted communities and lessons for how policy and decision-makers elsewhere can transform the way places are planned, designed, constructed, operated, and maintained.

Click here to access the full report.

 

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To complement rail and bus transit initiatives, this study details the current conditions and feasibility of leveraging bike share programs across the region. The Greater Hartford Transit District (GHTD), the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) and its funding partners—with additional planning and guidance from an advisory committee of public agencies, regional institutions, and the private sector—present a truly collaborative plan for determining if and where bike share makes sense; complete with a market analysis, cost and ridership estimates, and program goals. The plan goes one step further in proposing a “next steps” blueprint for how bike share can be implemented effectively to connect transit to neighborhoods, spur economic activity, and encourage physical activity.

Click here to access the Executive Summary.

Click here to access the full report.

 

Age-Friendly-Inspiring-Communities-2015_0012015 Age-Friendly: Inspiring Communities Report

AARP International looked at efforts in the United States and worldwide to identify projects and programs that are worth sharing and, when possible, replicating. The 2015 Age-Friendly: Inspiring Communities Report presents a collection of age-friendly “good practices” and features 16 communities. The report is organized according to which of the World Health Organization’s “8 Domains of Age-Friendliness” (referred to in the U.S. as the “8 Domains of Livability”) the work most represents. However, since the efforts underway in each community touch upon needs in multiple domains, sub-domains are identified as well. Individually and together, the case studies show the inspiring work now underway to meet the needs of older adults. Creating great places for people of all ages enables older residents to participate in community life.

Click here to access the report and review the sections on Outdoor Spaces and Buildings (Domain 1) and Transportation (Domain 2).

 

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The Imagining Livability Design Collection: A Visual Portfolio of Tools and Transformations

Published by AARP Livable Communities and the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (WLCI) in 2015, The Imagining Livability Design Collection describes some of the most common tools and treatments for creating age-friendly environments. The report includes a “before” image of a place that needs improvements to make it more walkable, bike friendly and livable. From there, a vision is developed for how the location could look. The transformation photovisions help community members and local leaders imagine what’s possible, develop a shared vision for the future and act upon that vision. Short-term, mid-range and long-range projects are addressed, as well as planning and policy tools like Complete Streets, Form-Based Codes, Health Impact Assessments and Placemaking. Transformations featured include Rural and Local Roads, Small-Town Main Streets, Suburban Streets and Commercial Strips, Urban Streets and Downtowns and Back Streets and Underused Spaces.

 

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These model regulations were developed in 2006 by the Central Savannah River Area Regional Development Council in Savannah, GA.  They provide a guide for local governments looking for model policies and language to produce local regulations to create more bike and pedestrian friendly communities.

 

 

Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning and Design Best Practices Resource Guide 

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This resource guide from Metro Plan Orlando was produced in 2004.  It is a guide that seeks to help municipalities develop new or alternative development codes to improve conditions for walking and biking.  It offers specific cross sections and design features for improving bicycle infrastructure.

 

 

CRCOG Model Sustainable Land Use Regulations

Booklet%204.4.2014_001CRCOG’s innovative booklet of Sustainable Land Use Model Regulations equips towns with model regulatory language covering ten specific topic areas. Some regulations include language specific to bike and pedestrian infrastructure. The project, funded by a HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, also included the creation of renderings to help communities visualize the physical impact of implementing the regulations. The visualizations were created for urban, suburban and rural communities at both a bird’s eye and street-level view. Click here to access: specific regulations by topic, the complete compendium of regulations, the accompanying visualizations and a video about the project.

 

Manchester, CT Form Based Zoning Code

Manchester, CT’Manchester Form Based Code IMGs form based code was adopted into the town’s zoning regulations in March 2012.  They provide an example zoning regulation to create a walkable, mixed use development on an infill site near downtown Manchester as they regulate neighborhood design such as the width of streets and sidewalks and the placement of buildings in relation to the street.

 

Boston Complete Streets: Design Guidelines 2013

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A product of a unique city-wide stakeholder collaboration, the City of Boston’s Transportation Department developed guidelines for the future of streets in one of the nation’s first and most diverse cityscapes. With a strategic vision of designing a Complete Streets model that works for a city with distinctive people, places, and needs in mind, Boston looks forward to integrating multi-modal design to make streets safe and accessible for all users, to make streets greener through investment in energy efficiency, landscaping and low impact surfaces, and to make streets smart through development of information infrastructure to improve the public’s mobility and experiences. The report includes detailed information, complete with graphics, schematics, and proposed zoning policy considerations.

Additional information is available at: http://bostoncompletestreets.org

Resources

BikeWalkCTLogoBike Walk Connecticut is a member-supported non-profit organization whose mission is to change the culture of transportation through advocacy and education to make bicycling and walking safe, feasible and attractive for a healthier, cleaner Connecticut.  Just a few of the ways that Bike Walk Connecticut fulfills its mission are by doing extensive advocacy in the state, holding an Annual Summit and coordinating the Discover Hartford Bicycle Tour in Connecticut’s Capital city.

 

League of American Bicyclists logoThe League of American Bicyclists’ mission is to promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. Its Bicycle Friendly America program is a tool for states, communities, businesses and universities to make bicycling a real transportation and recreation option for all people.  Connecticut’s Capitol Region boasts two Bicycle Friendly Communities, Simsbury and South Windsor, which have both attained the program’s Bronze designation.

 

The New Official DOT Logo_V1_Color02CT DOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Dashboard provides access to a wide array of resources and links, including: an interactive statewide bicycle map; a posting site to report accidents and unsafe biking locations; the 2009 Connecticut Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan and the Department’s Complete Streets Report; meeting notices and agendas for the CT Bicycle and Pedestrian Board; relevant Connecticut laws; Share the Road information; and more.

 

NO BACKGROUND COLOR   CT_rides (3)CTrides gets Connecticut to work. The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has developed a family of commuter services designed to meet the needs of Connecticut commuters. CTrides helps commuters find the best way to get to work or school and offers information and resources for travel options throughout Connecticut. CTrides offers carpools, vanpools, bus, train, biking/walking and telecommuting solutions.

CTrides also provides special tools and programs to make it easy to find the best commuting match:

  • Comprehensive website
  • Customer service assistance on schedules, fares and routes
  • Customized trip planning
  • Commuter reward programs
  • Trial ride passes
  • Guaranteed ride home

 

COA-NewLogo-Horizontal-tag-coConnecticut’s Legislative Commission on Aging is the non-partisan, public policy and research office of the Connecticut General Assembly.  For more than twenty years, the Legislative Commission on Aging has served as an effective leader in statewide efforts to promote choice and dignity and to enhance the quality of life for Connecticut’s older adults and persons with disabilities.  Through the livable communities initiative, Connecticut’s Legislative Commission on Aging is providing information and inspiration for community leaders to shape places that can support Connecticut residents across the lifespan.  Livable communities offer affordable, accessible and diverse housing and transportation options and public spaces and buildings, supportive community features and services, and vibrancy and opportunities for community engagement.

 

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Funding Sources

Micro Grant Funding Available

America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce the second year of Micro Grant Funding. This program will award grantees up to $1,500.00 for projects related to increasing walking and walkability.

Funded projects will increase walking and benefits of walkability in communities, work to develop the walking movement by growing the number and diversity of people and organizations pushing for more walkability, and they should make walking safe, easy, and enjoyable for all community members. Click here to learn more about the grant program.

Applications are due November 18, 2016 at 5pm Eastern. Questions? Contact Heidi Simon.

 

Funding Assistance to Attend Walkability Action Institute

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s (NCCDPHP) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO), seeks applications from Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) regions for competitive funding assistance to support attendance at the second annual walkability action institute, entitled “Step It Up!: Action Institute to Increase Walking and Walkability,” which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on April 26-28, 2016. The purpose is to prepare interdisciplinary teams from MPO regions to pursue policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) supports for walking and walkability. This action institute will provide teams with the most up-to-date academic and applied learning methods, and will reinforce and support implementation of significant national public health policy statements promoting walking and walkability, such as Step It Up! — The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities (SGCTA). NACDD and CDC are interested in applicant teams who can commit to all of the project deliverables outlined in this request for funding assistance (RFA) and produce measurable PSE outcomes after attending the action institute.

To submit a question about this application, please email Karma Edwards, the Walkability and Healthy Communities Project Lead, at kedwards@chronicdisease.org. All submitted questions will be compiled and answered within two business days on the FAQ list, and updated to the website.

Application Due Date: January 22, 2016 by 11:59 ET

For more information on this RFA and corresponding documents, please visit: https://chronicdisease.site-ym.com/news/264642/Metropolitan-Planning-Organization-Regions-Request-for-Funding-Assistance.htm

For further information on the CDC DNPAO programs and efforts, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/

For further information on NACDDs 2015 Healthy Community efforts, please visit: http://www.chronicdisease.org/?ACHIEVE

For further information on the US SG CTA released in September 2015, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/walking/call-to-action/index.htm?s_cid=bb-dnpao-calltoaction-005 and http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/walking-and-walkable-communities/index.html

 

Aetna%20Foundation%20Logo[1]The Aetna Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of our 2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program. We recognize that health is local: it begins in our homes, schools, jobs, and neighborhoods. By creating more chances to make healthy choices in these places, we can empower whole communities to lead healthier lives.

With this RFP, we seek to fund programs that will increase opportunities for health in underserved, low-income communities. We’re focusing on five target areas:

  • Healthy Behaviors
  • Community Safety
  • Built Environment
  • Social/Economic Factors
  • Environmental Exposures

To strengthen our impact, we’ve selected specific indicators of success–outlined in the RFP–that programs should address. Though the scope of this year’s RFP is broader, we’re still committed to programs promoting physical activity, urban gardening, and local food. With the addition of new focus areas, we hope to reach more spaces in the communities we serve.

This will be our only open RFP this year. We expect to award up to $2 million in grants to organizations in the continental United States through this program.

This will be a highly competitive, multi-staged funding opportunity and application process. All Stage 1 applications must be received by April 15th 2016 at 3PM ET. We will not accept any late or incomplete applications. You must submit a Stage 1 application in order to be considered for Stage 2.

For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website, and review the RFP. Some frequently asked questions appear at the end of the RFP. Due to the anticipated number of applicants, regretfully, the Foundation is unable to respond to individual questions about the program.

 

PeopleForBikes Community Grants

PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program “supports bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives to make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride.” Non-profit organizations focused on bicycling, active transportation or community development, city and county agencies, and state and federal agencies are eligible to apply. PeopleforBikes focuses most grant funds on infrastructure projects such as bike paths, lanes, trails and bridges, mountain bike facilities and end-of-trip facilities like bike racks, parking and storage, as well as on advocacy projects that work to transform city streets, increase ridership or the investment in bicycle infrastructure. Click here for grant guidelines, visit the PeopleForBikes website for more information, and if you are ready to apply, click here.  The online application process opens on June 13, 2016 for the Fall 2016 grant cycle.

 

In the News

Newspaper clip artDEEP Awards Recreation Trails Grants to Three Projects in Capitol Region

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recently announced grant awards under DEEP’s Recreational Trails Grant Program. A total of $400,000.00 was awarded to seven projects to plan and design, build, expand, or enhance and improve multi-use trails and greenways across the state. Three projects are located in the Capitol Region:

  1. The Towns of Bolton and Coventry will receive $110,632.00 for a joint project to plan and design a 10 mile multi-use trail system on former Route 6 Expressway land recently conveyed to the towns by CTDOT.
  2. Goodwin College will receive $50,000.00 to construct the third phase of a campus trail/walkway.
  3. The Town of East Windsor will receive $85,000.00 to provide a new deck for the Melrose Road Bridge and two additional miles of recreational trails.

These projects will enhance recreational opportunities for area residents and help advance a number of CRCOG’s regional transportation and open space policies and goals.  Congratulations to all! For more information see DEEP’s website.

 

For Immediate Release: Monday, April 04, 2016

MayorFastTrakCTfastrak Celebrates First Year with More than 3 Million Riders

After One Year of Service, CTfastrak is Exceeding Ridership Targets

Hartford, Connecticut – Governor Dannel Malloy along with other public figures and local advocates gathered at the Flatbush Avenue CTfastrak station on Monday to celebrate the one year anniversary of bus service along CTfastrak. Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker, Capitol Region Council of Governments Executive Director Lyle Wray, Mayor Roy Zaratarian of Newington, and outgoing Mayor Scott Slifka of West Hartford all spoke positively about CTfastrak and its impact on the regional economy.

CTfastrak, the state’s first bus rapid transit system, began operating for the public at 4:00 am on March 28, 2015. Since then, the system has consistently exceeded its first year weekday ridership targets of 11,180 trips. In September 2015, the average ridership topped 2030 targets at over 16,000 daily weekday trips. Since May of 2015, daily weekday ridership has been between 12,000 and 16,000 trips, about double what ridership previously had been in the corridor. With the first full year of CTfastrak operations complete, Governor Malloy expects to have final “Year 1” ridership and operations costs available for release in July 2016.

 

Newspaper clip artEastern Highlands Health District Community Health Action Response Team (C.H.A.R.T.) Receives Grant Funding from the American Planning Association to Combat Chronic Disease

WASHINGTON, DC – The Eastern Highlands Health District Community Health Action Response Team has received a $100,000 grant from the American Planning Association through its Plan4Health program to combat two determinants of chronic disease—lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods.

Plan4Health is a 15-month program that strengthens the connection between planning and public health. Seventy-five percent of the program’s funding supports local and state coalitions working to advance public health through better planning and partnerships. The program is implemented in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and represents a major new collaboration between planners and public health professionals. Funding for Plan4Health was provided through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“This is an exciting new opportunity to improve the health of our communities through diverse partnerships,” said Anna Ricklin, AICP, manager of APA’s Planning and Community Health Center. “Collaboration is key if we want to continue to create communities of lasting value that are equitable and healthy for all residents.”

Click here to read the entire press release.

 

MetroQuest Survey is Open and Seeking Input on Transit-Oriented Development

TAnnouncement Clip Arthe New England’s Sustainable Knowledge Corridor (SKC) Consortium and the Capitol Region Council of Governments welcome everyone to share ideas and opinions about development priorities around regional bus rapid transit and commuter rail stations by taking a brief web-based survey. The MetroQuest survey is now open to the public, and will be running through May 31, 2015.  Whether you are a regular user of CTfastrak, or someone who is excited about the upcoming improvements to the region’s commuter rail service, this survey offers the public a chance to engage in the transit-oriented development conversation happening in central Connecticut. The SKC and CRCOG encourage the public to rank and comment on the importance of potential development features, station types, and neighborhood characteristics in proximity to stations that would inspire you or others you know to use and/or live near bus rapid transit and commuter rail services.

To take the survey, click here.

 

CRCOG Celebrates the Launch of the CTfastrak Rapid Transit Line in the Region                         

Announcement Clip ArtHartford, Connecticut – Chip Beckett, Chair of the CRCOG Policy Board and Chair of the Glastonbury Town Council hailed the impending opening on March 28, 2015 of CTfastrak as providing a world of opportunity for employers seeking to access skilled labor, and residents looking for improved access to educational and employment opportunities.

“We recognize that it will take several years for CTfastrak to realize its full potential, but that potential goes far beyond an affordable, quick and efficient rapid transit system,” says Chip Beckett, Chairman of the Capitol Region Council of Governments. There are over 110,000 jobs within a half mile of the CTfastrak corridor, including linked feeder bus service areas. CRCOG expects 11,000 riders in the first year of operation increasing over time to 16,000.

CTfastrak joins dozens of successful Bus Rapid Transit projects in the country – from east coast Boston to west coast Los Angeles. CRCOG began working on Bus Rapid Transit in 1998 with visits to similar systems in Pittsburgh and Ottawa, Canada. In 2001, CRCOG issued the Regional Transit Strategy which defined a new vision for a transit system that would serve travel needs within the Region, provide transit links to cities outside the Region, and provide travelers with more transportation choices.  CTfastrak—a key element of that regional strategy—is now coming to life.

Click here to read the entire press release.

 

Newspaper clip artStratford Receives $200K for Transit-Oriented Development

Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management has awarded the Town of Stratford a $200,000 grant for transportation-related improvements around the Stratford train station as part of a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) plan.  Key activities under the grant will include improving existing conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians within a half-mile of the station, and incorporating green infrastructure best practices to improve air, soil and water quality while protecting the town from future flooding. To learn more, click here to access the full article.

 

Announcement Clip ArtDOT Unveils New Website to Help Communities Keep Pedestrians Safe

In August, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) jointly launched a one-stop shopping website with safety tips and resources for local leaders, city planners, parents and others involved in improving pedestrian safety.  For more information, visit the site at www.nhtsa.gov/everyoneisapedestrian.

 

Newspaper clip artCapitol Region Communities Again Receive Bicycle Friendly Community  Designations

On November 18, 2014, the League of American Bicyclists announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities.  Two of the 55  additions/renewals included the City of New Britain and the City of New Haven. The Town of Simsbury, the State’s first Bicycle Friendly Community, moved up and received a Silver award. These communities join fellow BFCs FarmingtonSouth Windsor, and West Hartford, which previously received their Bronze designations.  For more information, click here to access the Press Release, or visit the League’s website.  For a full list of BFCs, which now includes at least one in every state, visit www.bikeleague.org/community.

 

Announcement Clip ArtFHWA Releases Bicycle Safer Journey in Time for Bike to School Week

On May 2, 2014, the Federal Highway Administration announced the release of Bicycle Safer Journey, a new tool to educate teens and children about safe bicycling behaviors. Bicycle Safer Journey is a free, online education tool designed to help educators, parents and others who care about bicycle safety to get the conversation started with children and youth. It is an ideal complement to a Bike to School Day or Bike Month event.

The resource consists of three videos — one for each of three age groups: 5-9, 10-14 and 15-18 — accompanied by a quiz or discussion and an educator’s resource library. The tool can be used as an introduction to bicycle safety skills or to augment a comprehensive curriculum. The age-appropriate videos, which are available in English and Spanish, address picking the safest places to bicycle and the importance of being alert.

Bicycle Safer Journey is the second part of FHWA’s effort to better inform children and teens about safe non-motorized travel. FHWA released Pedestrian Safer Journey, http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/pedsaferjourney, in 2013 to offer similar educational tools directed toward walking. To access Bicycle Safer Journey, go to http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/bicyclesaferjourney.

Adapted from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center’s website

Implementation Projects

CTfastrak: Connecticut’s First Bus Rapid Transit System

New_Britain_Station_Rendering_April2014Launched on March 28, 2015, the state’s first Bus Rapid Transit System combines the fast, traffic-free advantages of a train with the frequent, direct and flexible benefits of a bus.  Click here to view a how-to-ride video about this high-tech, eco-friendly, convenient transportation system that was designed to improve mobility and serve as an economic engine for Central Connecticut.  For more information on CTfastrak, including service maps, routes and schedules, fares and more, visit the program’s website.

 

The Hartford Line: Connecting New Haven, Hartford, Springfield and Beyond

hartford_line_ct_railIn late 2016, the Hartford Line will bring important passenger rail service to the region and will facilitate enhanced service to Massachusetts, Vermont and eventually Montreal.  A key component of a robust and vibrant multi-modal regional transportation center, the new service will connect communities, generate sustainable economic growth, help build energy independence, and provide links to travel corridors and markets within and beyond the region. For more information, visit the program’s website.

 

Capitol Region Bicycle Friendly Communities and Businesses

League of American Bicyclists logoSix Capitol Region Communities have been designated as Bicycle Friendly Communities by the League of American Bicyclists. In addition, the region has four of the state’s six Bicycle Friendly Businesses. The Bicycle Friendly Community and Business Status is separated into five levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. The level of the designation depends upon community and business achievement in each of the “five E’s”– Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation & Planning. Each of the Bike Friendly Communities and businesses in the Capitol Region are listed below with their individual designations and a brief description of their achievements.

Farmington – Bronze

The Town of Farmington received its Bicycle Friendly Community Status in spring 2014. Its Bronze status is characterized by a bicycle plan that is currently being implemented, a bicycle advisory group as well as a bicycle advocacy group, good public education efforts including 63% of the local schools offering bicycle education and 30% of arterial roads with bike lanes.

Glastonbury – Bronze

The Town of Glastonbury received its Bicycle Friendly Community Status in spring 2015 at the Bronze level. Over the past several years, Bike Walk Glastonbury and the town’s Bicycle Advocacy Group have collaborated to introduce bicycle safety education in the Public School curriculum and to hold Glastonbury’s first Annual Bike/Walk to School Day. The town has also installed new bike racks and “Share the Road” signs among other modifications to make roadways safer and more inviting for cyclists.

Simsbury – Silver

The Town of Simsbury received its Bicycle Friendly Community Status – first in spring 2012 at the Bronze level and then in fall 2014 it was upgraded to Silver. Its new Silver status is characterized by a bicycle plan that is currently being implemented, a very active bicycle advisory group as well as a bicycle advocacy group, good public education efforts including 59% of the local schools offering bicycle education and 35% of arterial roads with bike lanes.

South Windsor – Bronze

The Town of South Windsor received its Bicycle Friendly Community Status in 2012. Its Bronze status is characterized by a bicycle plan, a bicycle advisory group, good public education efforts including 26-50% of the local schools offering bicycle education and 1-25% of arterial roads with bike dedicated bicycle facilities.

West Hartford – Bronze

The Town of West Hartford received its Bicycle Friendly Community Status in spring 2014. Its Bronze status is characterized by a bicycle plan that is currently being implemented, a bicycle advisory group, good public education efforts including 63% of the local schools offering bicycle education and 30% of arterial roads with bike lanes.

New Britain – Bronze

The City of New Britain received its Bicycle Friendly Community Status in fall 2014. Its Bronze status is characterized by a plan that is currently being implemented, a successful Bike New Britain initiative. Similar to New Britain’s Complete Streets work, Bike Friendly Community Status came after the city completed a Master Plan that studied linking the city’s parks, schools, downtown, and CTfastrak, and then quickly implemented a program that installed striping and signage for bike lanes and sharrows city-wide. The work was performed under the city’s Bike New Britain initiative which is supported by a strong advocacy group, and also involved other activities like bike safety education for children and an active social media campaign.

Bicycles East LLC, Glastonbury – Silver

Bicycles East LLC received Silver status as a Bicycle Friendly business and was the fourth in the state to do so. Its silver status is characterized by its support of cycling in the community through its organized weekly group rides, its classes and educational efforts, its advocacy at the local and state level and its encouragement of employees to bike to work.

REI, West Hartford – Silver

REI in West Hartford received Silver status as a Bicycle Friendly business. Its silver status is characterized by its class offerings in bicycle maintenance and related topics, its support of regional and community bicycling events such as Bike to Work day in Hartford. REI also has a bicycle shop on site to service its customers and employees.

Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford – Bronze

Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford gained its Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Business status in 2014. Its Bronze status is characterized by its encouragement of employee bicycling through the Pratt & Whitney cycling club and its support of community cycling events. Pratt and Whitney has supported Bike to Work Day and other National Bike Month events in the region.

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Hartford – Bronze

The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection received Bronze status as a Bike Friendly Business and became the first state agency in Connecticut to do so. Its Bronze status is characterized by availability of bicycle racks in the on-site parking garage and on-site showers, opportunities for staff to attend bike safety and bike repair classes and co-sponsorship of bike events such as the Capitol Bike to Work Day and Discover Hartford Bicycling Tour.

The Travelers Companies, Inc. – Bronze

Travelers, a company with 6,227 employees, received its Bronze level award in spring 2015. The company sponsors Bike to Work programs in Hartford, and holds transit fairs 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.