December 5, 2016

Hartford touted as a bike-friendly city

The city of Hartford has been designated a 2016 Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, a national bicycling advocacy group.

Hartford received the bronze level award, which indicates that the city has taken key steps in becoming bike-friendly, Mayor Luke Bronin said Saturday. He praised the departments of public works and development services for their work.

The designation recognizes Hartford for its current and future bike network plans, its innovative zoning code, its recently passed complete streets policy, and its partnerships with local bicycling advocacy groups. The recognition includes key recommendations and statistics from the league that will help the city progress.

The East Coast Greenway, a nonprofit stewarding a 3,000-mile trail running through the heart of Hartford, welcomed the recognition.

Bruce Donald, tri-state greenways coordinator for the East Coast Greenway Alliance, said the designation, combined with planned enhancements of the East Coast Greenway route through Hartford, will "put Hartford on the map nationally."

Other towns that have received the designation in the past include New Haven, Farmington, Glastonbury, New Britain, South Windsor, and West Hartford, which all received the bronze level, and Simsbury, which received the silver level.

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