|Before - Dead?|
|After - New fork, wheels, handlebar, brake levers, cranks, front rack|
Over the last three years, I have seen a noticeable uptick in those using bicycles to commute. The low 0.8% bike mode share in Hartford never made sense to me, with greater than 35% of households not owning a car. One of the issues is paltry support. The only bike shop in the city, Taskar's on Franklin, closed last year due to retirement. Many note that the shop didn't observe typical business hours. Absent a legal way to obtain bike parts and quality bicycle service, there is an extra hurdle for those that would like to use a bike in our city. On top of that, Hartford's transportation planning is non-existent. The city really doesn't have a traffic planner, ridiculous in a city of our size. Bike lanes are segmented, and there isn't a network of connected bike routes. The Department of Public Works Director looked at me like I was speaking French when I asked if they were using Sharrows on the recently repaved Park Street. Park Street is popular for utility cyclists. Sharrows would send a positive message to both motorists and the cyclists.
|Posting (finally) for a Traffic Engineer in Hartford.|
|Special delivery to BiCi Co. Donation from Tom Brown of the Wethersfield Bike Swap.|
|Trying to figure out where the noise is coming from.|
|Proud team finishing their first tuned up donation bicycle.|
Hartford Slow Roll is this afternoon, 8/2 at 3pm - 1429 Park Street, (1st and 3rd Sundays of each month) and we'll be stopping at Wethersfield Avenue. The Wethersfield Ave stop was supposed to mark the recent completion of the bicycle lanes that were added to the paving job at the last minute. Unfortunately, snails pace government strikes again. The "No Parking" cones have been up all week, but no lanes. Leaving "No Parking" signs up all week is particularly dysfunctional. Rather than postpone again, the show will go on and we'll ride the bike lanes in spirit. The Slow Roll events are being organized by Breakfast Lunch and Dinner (BL&D), another grass roots effort connecting new friends (and bike lovers) in Hartford.
|Future bike lanes - Wethersfield Ave|
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