believe that good facilities for cyclists and pedestrians depend on
the existence of good communities.
Good communities look after the environment and promote wise land use.
Good communities provide open space and recreation opportunities.
Good communities have good facilities such as libraries, schools, and
parks. Good communities are built around people, not cars.
short, we are for that which creates livable communities because these
communities are, by their very nature, walkable, bikeable communities.
Record of Success - Working for You
Formed in 1977,
the Connecticut Bicycle Coalition hired a director and opened the
doors to its office in October 1996. Some of our accomplishments since
New Pro-Bike Laws:
effectively lobbied to introduce and pass laws requiring considerations
of bicycle transportation in all state road redesign and construction
projects; clarifying that "vehicular rights of way"
rules include bicycles, and doubling the fines when a motorists
fail to yield to lawfully operating bicyclists and exempting bicycle
helmets from the State Sales Tax.
the Road with Bicycles"
a portion of
the CT Dept. of Motor Vehicles Operators Manual written
with the help of CBC. The new manual was published in Spanish
and English in 2000.
The Capitol Region Bicycle
direct result of CBCs participation on "CRCOGs"
Bicycle Subcommittee, the Plan emphasizes key components including,
public education; promotion of a pro-bicycling culture; and capital
investments directed to existing roadways.
Bicycle Recycling at
the Second Wind Recycle a Bicycle Barn - CBC
receives donations of used bikes; the bikes are repaired or tuned-up
by trained mechanics and distributed to youth and adults through
community based organizations, including homeless shelters, transitional
living facilities and youth agencies.
The "Multi-Use Recreation
Safety and Management Plan,"
and its adoption
by the Metropolitan District Commission, maintaining public recreational
access to 25,000 acres of water company land. A similar plan was
subsequently adopted by the Southern CT Water Company to open
access to mountain biking for the first time. (earning CBC and
partner CT NEMBA a 1998 IMBA Model Program Awards)
VeloSwap New England
at the CT Expo
Center on October 16 drew 1,700 patrons and 40 vendors, exceeding
all our expectations for this inaugural event.
Integration," endorsed by the CT State Public Transportation
informing thousands of young people annually about the basics
of safety, maintenance and rules of the road
of the Hartford
BMX Racing Team, with
support provided by the US Justice Dept. (established 1998)
CT Freedom Trail Bike
in cooperation with the Amistad Committee, linking CTs 71
Underground Railroad and Freedom Trail sites (1998)