WHEELS ON WEDNESDAYS : July 27, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Bike West Hartford, Inc. will be leading a group of bicycle riders this Wednesday evening, July 27, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. We will be meeting at the Town Hall Parking Lot outside the main entrance in the rear of the building. The ride this week is a West Hartford family ride and will be approximately 5 miles long. All those wishing to participate will be required to have a helmet and sign a liability release waiver. We hope that you will ride with us and meet others interested in promoting family bicycle travel and recreation in West Hartford. If you have any questions, please firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 13th Ride : Starting at West Hartford Town Hall 6:00 PM.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A MORE CHALLENGING URBAN RIDE. RIDERS SHOULD BRING HELMET, LIGHTS, SPARE TIRE, AT A MINIMUM. Thanks!
Wheels on Wednesdays
Bike West Hartford, Inc. will be leading group bicycle rides every
other Wednesday evening starting on June 8 and continuing through August 18
to acquaint cyclists with popular local cycling routes and promote community
cycling in a non-competitive atmosphere. All rides will start in the early evening
at Town Hall parking lot outside the main entrance in the rear of the building.
Rides will generally be between 10 - 20 miles with a few shorter rides suitable for
families and longer rides for more experienced cyclists. Most rides will be
exclusively within West Hartford, with some exceptions, including a ride to the
trails along the Connecticut River in Hartford and a ride up Duncaster Road in
Bloomfield. Riders with varying levels of experience and pace will be grouped to
promote safe and enjoyable cycling. No one will be left behind without the benefit
of a ‘sweep’ rider.
The tentative ride schedule is as follows:
1. Wednesday, June 8, at 6:30pm Scott will lead a reservoir ride.
2. Wednesday, June 29, at 6:30 pm Steve will lead a ride around Wood Pond
and the south side of town.
3. Wednesday, July 13, at 6pm Dave will lead a Hartford waterfront ride.
4. Wednesday, July 27, at 6:30pm John will lead a 4.5 mile family ride (we
already have cue sheets on this one).
5. Wednesday, August 10, at 6pm Scott will lead a ride through Bloomfield down
6. Wednesday, August 24, at 6pm Virginia will lead an 18 mile ride through West
Hartford linking many of the hidden connectors.
All those wishing to participate in rides will be required to have a helmet and sign
a liability release waiver. Lights on bikes are strongly encouraged. At the
completion of rides, groups will be encouraged to share food and drink at local
West Hartford venues. Visit bikewesthartford.org for an updated schedule of
rides. Come ride with us and meet others interested in promoting bicycle travel
and recreation in West Hartford! Any questions, please email email@example.com.
Come Join Us!! The Project Team will hold its re-scheduled Final Committee & Public Meeting on:
Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
Committee Discussion & Presentation (Open to the Public) - 7PM – 8 PM
Discussion and Q&A with Members of the Public - 8PM – 9PM
American School for the Deaf
139 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT
Please see the attached flyer. You may have attended the fall workshop to provide your input on North Main Street. The final committee & public meeting on the West Hartford Road Diet and Safety Study will give attendees the chance to hear the Project Team present the main work products of this study, to ask questions and to share final comments. Hope to see you there!
Questions? Please contact Emily Hultquist, CRCOG Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first ride will be a 10 +/- mile ride on Wednesday, June 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. and will feature the West Hartford Reservoir. All those wishing to participate in rides will be required to have a helmet and sign a liability release waiver. Lights on bikes are strongly encouraged. At the completion of rides, groups will be encouraged to share food and drink at local West Hartford venues.
Bike West Hartford, Inc. will be leading group bicycle rides every other Wednesday evening starting on June 8 and continuing through August 18 to acquaint cyclists with popular local cycling routes and promote community cycling in a non-competitive atmosphere. All rides will start in the early evening at Town Hall parking lot outside the main entrance in the rear of the building. Rides will generally be between 10 - 20 miles with a few shorter rides suitable for families and longer rides for more experienced cyclists. Most rides will be exclusively within West Hartford, with some exceptions, including a ride to the trails along the Connecticut River in Hartford and a ride up Duncaster Road in Bloomfield. Riders with varying levels of experience and pace will be grouped to promote safe and enjoyable cycling. No one will be left behind without the benefit of a ‘sweep’ rider. The first ride will be a 10 +/- mile ride on Wednesday, June 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. and will feature the West Hartford Reservoir. All those wishing to participate in rides will be required to have a helmet and sign a liability release waiver. Lights on bikes are strongly encouraged. At the completion of rides, groups will be encouraged to share food and drink at local West Hartford venues. Visit bikewesthartford.org for a schedule of upcoming rides. Come ride with us and meet others interested in promoting bicycle travel and recreation in West Hartford! Any questions, please email
Take the Bike Survey!
Draft Bicycle Facilities Plan
The Town of West Hartford is in the process of developing a Bicycle Facilities Plan. As component of the Town’s Complete Street Policy, the Bicycle Facilities Plan is defined as a comprehensive plan and accompanying map that identifies a vision and framework for bicycle facility improvements to implement a continuous and easily accessible bicycle route network within and through the Town.
The Department of Community Services has prepared the following draft plan and draft network map based on research of best practices from the National Association of City Transportation Officials, the American Planning Association, peer communities and collaboration with the West Hartford Bicycle Advisory Committee. As part of the public outreach process, the following online survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LWCD6R5) was developed to collect information on:
JUNE 2015 MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
The Complete Streets Policy has been overhauled by Councilwoman Clare Kindall and is being presented to committee. When the matter is to appear on the Town Council Agenda, we will provide notice to the WHBAC.
This committee will begin focusing on the Bicycle Facilities Plan.
Cycling Without Age Program. The West Hartford Program has received a grant to receive its first rickshaw bicycle. Lene reported that she has started a fundraising campaign and is hoping to raise enough money to purchase a second rickshaw and insurance to cover the program.
A New Connecticut law passed by the General Assembly. It was extremely favorable for bicyclists and was supported by our own Senator Beth Bye together with some other key Senators around the state.
New bike parking facilities installed in West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square. Attached to these minutes is a map of all of the bike parking facilities in the Center and in Blue Back Square. I hope that you will review them and use them when you bike into the center in the future. Many thanks to Mark McGovern, Todd Dumais and Duane Martin for all of their assistance in putting together this plan and installing the bicycle facilties.
Greg Sommer from the Town Engineering Department reported that there will be bike lanes installed on King Phillip Drive between Albany Avenue and Mohawk and on Asylum Avenue between Trout Brook Drive and North Main Street. It is expected that those bike lanes will be installed by the fall.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS for the “I Can Bike Program”. This is a program to help special needs children ride without training wheels. The program takes place from July 27 through July 31. If you are interested in volunteering (we could really use your help). Please log onto https://www.westhartfordct.gov/gov/departments/leisure/snrec/icanbike/default.asp.
The Discover West Hartford Ride. It was a tremendous success with over 200 participants. There will be a Discover New Britain Ride later this year and many of the people on the Discover West Hartford Ride will be assisting. More information will be forthcoming.
National Bike to Work Day. Over 40 people participated from West Hartford and biked down to the Old State House. It was a tremendous success.
Celebrate West Hartford Booth and the Bike Corral. At one point during Celebrate West Hartford, we had over 100 bicycles in the bike parking area. In addition, Ed conducted a push pin survey at the West Hartford booth which gave people the opportunity to look at a map and insert a pin in the areas in which they would like to feel safe riding. The results were extremely telling. The overwhelmingly favorite places to which people would like to be able to ride safely are West Hartford Center, Bishop’s Corner, the Reservoir and Elizabeth Park. We are planning to present this survey to the Engineering Department at our next meeting.
Center Streets program, which is a proposed program for the end of August, whereby parts of Farmington Avenue, Main Street, LaSalle Road and Ellsworth Road will be closed down to vehicular traffic. More information will be forthcoming.
There will be a traffic skills 101 class held in Bishop’s Corner hosted by The West Hartford Bicycle Advisory Committee on July 19. More information is forthcoming.
MAY MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
Dan and Kevin reported on the Bike Routes and Bike Lanes Subcommittee. Kevin and his committee had a very constructive meeting with Town Staff to discuss various bicycle routes through town. Fern was identified as a major east/west bike thoroughfare. According to Duane’s report, the Town has appropriated funds to stripe Fern Street to create a shoulder on each side for bicycles. Kevin also reported that his committee cycled the entire proposed route of the Trout Brook Trail and the Committee believes that it will be a wonderful recreational benefit to the citizens of West Hartford.
Sandy reported on the Complete Streets Policy and the revisions to the Connecticut Statute regarding cycling. Senate Bill No. 502 was recently passed which will make some significant and beneficial changes for Connecticut’s cyclists.
DISCOVER WEHA JANUARY 6TH 2015: The routes for the 10 mile, 25 mile and 50 mile rides have been set and approved by the Town of West Hartford. The Committee has worked very hard to put together this first annual ride. Sponsors are still needed as are volunteers for the event. If you want to volunteer, please email Jim at email@example.com. Also, if you would like to ride, please log on to bikewesthartford.org and follow the links to sign up. It is important that you spread the word to your friends. This is a very important event for The West Hartford Bicycle Advisory Committee and Bike West Hartford, Inc.
NATIONAL BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY: Apparently, the only West Hartford School that participated this year was Bugbee Elementary School. We hope to get a bigger jump start on this event in 2016 and get participation from all of the elementary schools in Town.
BIKE TO WORK DAY: which will be held on Friday, May 15, at 6:45 a.m. at REI in Blue Back Square. The group will meet and ride together down to the Old State House. We hope that you can attend.
I CAN BIKE EVENT: also known as the “Lose the Training Wheels” event scheduled for July 27- July 31 at Conard High School. Volunteers are desperately needed for this incredible event.
BIKE CORRAL AT CELEBRATE WEHA: The West Hartford Bicycle Advisory Committee will have a booth and a Bike Corral at Celebrate West Hartford on June 6 and 7. The free bike corral will be located at the bottom of the stairs on Burr Street and the booth will be at the top of the stairs. Volunteers are needed to staff this event.
SAFETY AND EDUCATION
INSTRUCTOR TRAINING: There will be a league cycling instructor seminar put on by Bike Walk Connecticut on June 5, 7 and 7.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Lene and Ed made a presentation to the Chamber of Commerce Meeting on April 21 and received a very positive response.
MORE BIKE RACKS: Mark McGovern reported that the bike corral has been assembled and installed on LaSalle Road on the corner of Arapahoe Road. There are additional bike racks being installed in the Center and in Blue Back Square within the next week or two.
West Hartford Complete Streets Policy
On May 12 at 7:30 p.m., the West Hartford Town Council will vote on a Complete Streets Policy drafted by Town staff at the Council’s direction. As stated in the policy, “Complete Streets are Right-of-Ways that are planned, designed, constructed, operated and maintained in such a way as to enable safe, comfortable and convenient access along and across the Right-of-Way by users of all ages and abilities, including but not limited to, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, motorists, emergency, freight and commercial vehicle operators.” Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops and bicycle to work. (see more about Complete Streets at www.smartgrowthamerica.org) Complete streets policies have been used successfully in many communities around the country, where consideration of complete streets with every transportation project has led to improving conditions for walkers and cyclists in a very cost effective way.
The Bicycle Advisory Committee has provided input to the policy and is strongly in favor of it. The committee believes that implementation of the policy will, over time, result in safer streets for all users, whether 8 or 80. Streets that are designed for people who drive, walk, bike and use busses allow everyone to safely and comfortably use these public spaces. Often, vehicle speeds are reduced without additional police enforcement or lowering the speed limit.
If you support safer streets for people who drive, bike and walk and would like the Town Council to adopt a Complete Streets policy, please speak in favor of the policy at the Town Council meeting at 7:30 pm, May 12 in Room 314. If you cannot attend but would like to show your support, please email Council members to let them know. You can reach them at Mayor@westhartford.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org; DeniseBHall@comcast.net; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; LSDavidoff@sbcglobal.net; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.