October 17, 2017

Elm City startup, Yale University recognized for 'sustainable' travel

The winning goNewHavengo parklet design

New Haven's SeeClickFix and Yale University were among the top performers in goNewHavengo's 2017 CarFree Challenge, logging the most "sustainable trips" during the month of September.

GoNewHavengo, a sustainable transportation coalition that promotes alternative travel options, sponsors the CarFree Challenge every September, inviting employees to try new ways of commuting, such as walking, biking, carpooling, telecommuting or riding the train or bus.

SeeClickFix, the software startup that developed a web-based platform for citizens to lodge complaints with local government, won in the medium group category, while Yale won among large groups. The New Haven-Leon Sister City Project logged the most sustainable trips in the small group category, the organization announced.

The organization also recognized the Bradley Street Bike Co-op, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven and Southern Connecticut State University for having the highest percentage of employees participating.

In addition, Yale School of Architecture students Misha Semenov and Kassandra Leiva won this year's New Haven Parklet Design Competition for their design, "Urban Canopy." Parklets are extensions of the sidewalk that provide public space, including chairs, benches, green space and other elements, for people in the area, goNewHavengo said.

The pair will work with the New Haven Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking to come up with an installation plan by spring.

Natalie Missakian can be reached at news@newhavenbiz.com

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