- 2018 CRCOG Regional Sustainability Award Winner
The Town of Windsor Locks was a recipient of the 2018 CRCOG Regional Sustainability Award for its long-term Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) planning, strategic assessment and implementation efforts that have collectively sparked the rebirth of its downtown commercial district. Windsor Locks lost its Main Street in the early 1960s due to some development missteps which devastated the Main Street commercial district. Since 2007, the Town has worked with its community to begin planning and redeveloping their Main Street. Key ingredients of this in-progress transformation have included: relocating the Hartford Line commuter rail station to downtown; creating the State’s first Tax Increment Financing District; building an extensive TOD toolkit; securing substantial grant support; investing in complete street improvements; redeveloping an abandoned mill to increase affordable and workforce housing; and commissioning a feasibility study around the development of a year-round public market.
Click here to access the town’s foundational TOD and Main Street studies.
Click here to access the Town’s Downtown Tax Increment Financing District Draft Master Plan.
- CTfastrak: Connecticut’s First Bus Rapid Transit System
Launched 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
In 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
Six 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.