West Hartford is a desirable place to live and work
But it could better!
Communities which have been designated as platinum, gold or silver Bike Friendly Communities by the League of American Bicyclists – West Hartford is bronze – include Boulder, CO; Cambridge, MA; Palo Alto, CA; Arlington, VA; Burlington, VT; Santa Barbara, CA; Bellingham, WA and Evanston, IL. By implementing Complete Streets design on our roads, West Hartford could be in the league with these places well known for their high quality of life.
Many trips currently taken by car could be taken by bike - over 40% of all trips are three miles or less. Two thirds of these trips are made by car.
Being bike friendly contributes to overall community health, including economic health.
Cyclists tend to have high levels of income.
Studies show significant (150-175%) increase in retail sales after bike infrastructure such as bike lanes and bike parking are added.
Cyclists and walkers spend less per trip than drivers but make more trips resulting in higher total spending.
Millennials, approximately 77 million people born between 1983 - 2000, prefer living where they can walk, bike or use public transit.
When more people use bikes, congestion, noise and CO2 emissions decrease without any additional money spent to clean up air or restrictions imposed on businesses.
Less congestion saves time and money – putting more money in pockets and more free time for leisure activities like shopping and dining.
When more people use bikes, there is less demand for parking – 10 bikes fit in one parking space.
Walk-able, bike-able communities are more livable and friendly and attract out of town visitors.
In communities that are bike and walk friendly property values, both in the business areas and in the residential areas, increase.
Bike-able, walk-able communities attract diverse residents and employees.
Adding bike lanes results in traffic calming reducing road speed without any additional enforcement.
See Alliance for Biking and Walking 2014 Benchmarking Report (http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/livable-communities/documents-2014/2014-Bike-Walk-Benchmarking-Report.pdf) for more details and cites to supporting studies.