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.