Hartford is a city with entrenched poverty in many neighborhoods and a low car ownership rate. The city is densely populated. Schools, housing, activities, and parks are all within easy biking distance. One would think that with these factors, it would make sense to have bicycle racks at the public high schools, right? Teens definitely ride bikes around our city, but they don't have a secure place to park their bikes at school. Providing that secure bike parking and encouraging active transportation improves the mobility and health of our city's youth. Imagine trying to get across the city for an after school program, and having to rely on CT Transit. Going by bicycle regularly takes half the time, and the student doesn't have to worry about the sparse bus frequency after 6:30pm for getting home from an evening program. With youth programs at the Center for Latino Progress, mobility and transportation issues are a major challenge for teen program attendance. Active transportation, such as riding a bicycle, can also improve student performance at school.
|Great spot for it, but no bike parking in sight.|
|New bike lanes on Wethersfield Ave go right by Bulkeley High School!|
|Seven bicis on a tree. Summer BiCi Co. participants.|
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Reminder - We hope to see a bunch of bike riders out this Saturday at the Hooker Day Parade. Bring your bikes out on Saturday, 10/24, and join up with BiCi Co. in the Hartford Hooker Day parade. You'll want to get there early to line up. The parade steps off (rolls out) at 1pm. Get there between 11:30am - 12:00pm (at High Street & Allyn Street). You'll go sign a waiver and check in at the tent first. Then come find us. We'll be the crew on bikes. Here is the Facebook event for the parade. Not riding - get out there an enjoy as a spectator. It's a wonderfully playful parade.
|This is what the rack would look like.|
|They deserve secure bike racks at Hartford schools|
|A pretty set of angles on this external stairwell.|