New Haven Earns Bronze ‘Bike-Friendly Community’ Status

The city of New Haven was awarded bronze-level Bike-Friendly Community status by the League of American Bicyclists. The Bike-Friendly Community designation comes after careful review of a comprehensive application submitted by city officials, examination of supplemental material and consultation with local cyclists, including board members of Elm City Cycling. We are proud to partner with New Haven to work towards our mission of making greater New Haven friendlier, safer and more accessible to pedestrians and people on bikes.

The Bike-Friendly America program includes Bike-Friendly Communities, Universities and Businesses. More than an assessment, the BFA program provides a roadmap and benchmarks for progress towards making our cities, business and universities even safer and more accessible. The bronze level is the first of five awards (followed by silver, gold, platinum and diamond-levels) and recognizes a community that is good and taking steps to be better. New Haven’s first application, in 2008, earned an ‘honorable mention’ and our bronze designation shows how far we have come–and shows a clear path that we now need to follow.

Elm City Cycling congratulates Mayor Toni Harp, TT&P Director Doug Hausladen, and the other city officials working to make New Haven helping to make bicycling a real transportation and recreation option for all people.

State, City Officials Visit ECC’s National Bike-to-Work Day Celebration

Elm City Cycling’s National Bike-to-Work Day breakfast was a success despite the threat of unfavorable weather. Several state and local officials dropped by, including Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and state Senator Martin Looney. ECC board member Melinda Tuhus wrote this piece for the New Haven Independent:

Pols Pop In On Bike To Work | New Haven Independent.

Remember, ECC’s bike commuter breakfast is held on the third Friday of each month from March through October, usually on Pitkin Plaza in front of The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop.

Take the “Bike Bus” to the Quinnipiac River Festival

Sunday, May 4th is the Quinnipiac Riverfest, presented by the Chatham Square Neighborhood Association. The 5th annual Riverfest features guided canoe tours, live music, food, magic shows, face painting and more.
Parking is tight so if you’re coming in from elsewhere in the area, come join the ‘Bike Bus’–a group ride from the New Haven Green to the riverfront. Assemble near the flagpole for an 11:00 a.m. departure and we should be joining the fun on Front St. by about 11:15.
Are you interested in adding a stop to the bike bus? Let us know and time it early enough so that you can meet us on the Green and ride over together.

ECC Surveys Mayoral Candidates About Cycling and Transportation

Dear Elm City Cycling members, allies, and friends:

This summer, Elm City Cycling compiled and distributed a questionnaire to 2013 New Haven Mayoral Primary Candidates, in order to consolidate information about the candidates for the general public. Candidates were asked to reply to the questionnaire by August 18th, 2013.

Elm City Cycling received two responses as of Sept 5th, from candidates Justin Elicker who replied on August 16th (attached) and Henry Fernandez, who replied on September 4th (attached). Please note that Elm City Cycling is a non-profit and does not advocate for any candidate or political party.

What we did:

Elm City Cycling is pleased to see a healthy conversation about transportation policy, particularly cycling infrastructure, springing up during the run-up to this fall’s mayoral election. Continue reading

Farnham House Bike Club

Volunteers from Elm City Cycling with girls from the Farnham Neighborhood House

Volunteers from Elm City Cycling with girls from the Farnham Neighborhood House

Volunteers from Elm City Cycling conducted a five-week bicycle safety program for seven girls in conjunction with the Farnham Neighborhood House. The girls learned bicycle inspection, basic rules of the road, and safe handling. The group took two rides on the Farmington Canal Trail before a ride on city streets from the Farnham House to Quinnipiac River Park.