The title of this post is borrowed from David Ringquist, the former President of the Central Connecticut Bicycle Alliance. CCBA was the precursor of Bike Walk Connecticut. If not mistaken, I'm seeing momentum building in Hartford for change in how we get from point A to B. The "Powers that Be" are recognizing options aside from single occupancy car trips and promoting those options, sometimes even favoring those options. The "Powers that Be" aren't doing this without prodding, external and internal. Bike Walk CT is chasing the statewide policy. Transport Hartford recently formed to push our urban bike, walk, and bus transit needs. West Hartford even has a group of commuting and recreational cyclists that are tired of their precarious positions in our lopsided transportation system.
Riding around yesterday doing errands, I came across several signs that Hartford, and our surrounding burbs are starting to do something, anything, for non-car travel modes. While riding up Capitol Avenue entering Hartford, the road name changes to Boulevard. Right across the line in West Hartford there is a "3 FEET MINIMUM" sign, literally a sign of the changing times. This references the three foot law that was passed way back in 2008. Finally seeing signage and on-the-street education about the law was refreshing. Not something one would expect to see in West Hartford. I'm guessing it was the result of their local bicycle advocacy group, Bike West Hartford, that is pushing for safer riding. As a Hartford resident, I'd like to see this sign repeated on popular bike routes in our city - particularly on streets heavily trafficked by suburban drivers entering and leaving the city.
|Jealousy inducing sign. Just across the line in West Hartford.|
|This is how Tony C picks up a new touring bike. No car needed.|
|A radiant green bike lane on Broad Street. I like it.|