Some good news for bicycle and livable community advocates has been coming out of Connecticut over the past few weeks:
- Thanks to the efforts of the Fairfield Bike-Walk Coalition, the Town of Fairfield will be getting its first bike route;
- The first development project in New Haven’s “Downtown Crossing” initiative-after substantial community advocacy and a directive from the New Haven Board of Alders-will be getting more pedestrian friendly;
- The Town of South Windsor recently became the state’s second ‘Bicycle Friendly Community’, a designation the Hartford Courant editorial board called “…good for property values and economic development,” and;
- Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Dan Esty will speak about how bicycling and walking can reduce dependency on oil at BikeWalk Connecticut’s annual dinner on November 29th.
Not to be outdone, New Haven’s livable streets advocates are once again finding innovative ways to promote cycling and more livable communities in their city. Elm City Cycling (ECC) has recently partnered with SeeClickFix in an effort to implement the City’s first on-street bike corral. SeeClickFix (SCF), the popular crowd-sourcing tool, helps empower citizens to more fully participate in their communities by allowing them to identify issues of concern for elected and agency officials. The new partnership between ECC and SCF, however, will not only be used to crowd-source but will also test out the potential for “crowd-funding” small public works projects.