Encouragement activities are essential if we want to convince individuals to give bicycling and walking a try for regular transportation. Our culture has become so accustomed to the car as the primary means of getting around that those considering biking and walking need an extra push that convinces them that walking and bicycling are doable and are effective ways to get around. For those considering bicycling, frequently they need to get some practice riding in group rides to develop confidence in their skills and abilities. Traffic can be daunting, so encouragement combined with education is usually needed.
Bike the Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway from New Haven to Simsbury: The East Coast Greenway Alliance hosted a bike ride on April 29 along the Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway. The ride started in New Haven at noon and continued 45 miles to Simsbury. More than 60% of the ride was on the completed trail with the remainder on well marked roads.
This ride was a celebration of greenways and a recognition of their contribution to the communities that build them. Bikers saw for themselves the transformative power of greenways. There were shorter ride options and speaking events along the ride, so that those who could not ride the entire route could still take part. See this flyer for more details.
Active Living for Seniors: The AARP Guide to Walking, Bicycling and Public Transportation
Healthy Livable Communities: The CT Association of Directors of Health, Inc. has a web-based Toolkit that can help communities to improve healthy eating and active living. Much of the material on active living relates to walkability.
Safe Routes to Schools
Bike Everywhere/Bike to Work: Beginning in 2000, CRCOG spearheaded an effort to encourage more people to bike to work. CRCOG got involved in this program because research indicated that many people in the region did not understand that the bicycle has a place on the road and that the bicycle is a means of transportation. As the program has developed, it has grown too large for CRCOG and in 2005, transitioned over to the Central CT Bicycle Alliance, now Bike Walk CT, a regional bike advocacy group. In 2008, CCBA expanded the program beyond Bike to Work to encourage use of bikes for all types of trips.
Be Rewarded for Bicycling to Work!
Plan to register at Nuride! Nuride is a free benefit that rewards you for getting to work in any way other than the single occupant vehicle. By registering, you can help to demonstrate the importance of bicycling as an alternate form of transportation. Nuride is allowing us to track bicycle trips that have been recorded in the region, giving us the ability to use this data as a source of information about bicycle commuters. The more bicycle commuters that register at Nuride, the more data we can collect! And the more likely that “the powers that be” will recognize that our roads need to accommodate bicycle commuters.
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