city planning

Philip Langdon explores what 2 other cities are doing to discourage automobile traffic and enhance humane conditions via bike-sharing.

When I rode with Sebastian, he noted a young woman in a dress who looked perfectly comfortable pedaling calmly through downtown. In the past, Sebastian observed, biking was largely the province of risk-taking males. Now, with bike-sharing and more civilized streets, biking is expanding its appeal, attracting the risk-averse. As these changes take hold, the urban environment should become better for everyone.

New Urban News, “Sharing Bikes, Taming Streets” August 5, 2011



We are a bicycle recycling collective, our mission is to:

  • Be a shelter for broken and abused bikes
  • Repair and refurbish those bikes
  • Teach each other how to repair and maintain bikes
  • Eliminate the barrier of money from owning and riding a well-tuned bike

New Haven Bike Collective – July Update!

New Haven Free Store

At an unveiling of the City’s new Smart Cycling Handbook, Mayor John DeStefano had this to say:

“This cycling community did not exist in a meaningful way 20 years ago when I became mayor. It has become such an important part of the city. People see through cycling their connection to one another, finding joy in one another. It’s a really important and big thing in enriching our community.”

The NRDC has recently named New Haven, among 15 winners, as a “Smarter City,” due to our existing transportation infrastructure, as well as recent initiatives aimed at improving travel in the city.

Read the summary, here.

Why were the sharrows installed recently throughout Downtown New Haven not added on the route to New Haven Union Station? (New Haven Safe Streets)

“Sharrows or bicycle lanes, like those recently placed throughout Downtown, would be a good first step towards bringing the street into line with the city’s and state’s new laws that require complete streets accommodations. However, ultimately providing access to the train station for road users of all ages and abilities will require a protected/buffered bike route or extension of the greenway (perhaps to be built in the space between the rail yard and the station property itself). Design New Haven previously reported on this issue in an article last year.”


To see a previous post about riding to Union Station click here.

3rd annual Bike New Haven for Nuclear Abolition, Sunday, August 8th – As a friendly reminder to human potential, this ride follows the course of a hypothetical perimeter marking the boundary of nuclear annihilation if it were to land in central New Haven. Discover just how big such an area would be and help prevent that possibility!

Lawyer to cycle 196 miles for cancer research“Over its 30-year history, the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge has raised more than $227 million for cancer research, with more than 5,000 riders expected for this year’s event.”

Trail may go in new direction?

CHESHIRE — Efforts to expand the town’s Linear Trail may be headed in a different direction, toward Southington, where a segment of it would link up with a walking and cycling path in that community.

For more than a decade, the focus on expanding the trail has been on extending it a half mile from its current terminus at Cornwall Avenue to West Main Street. A seven-year legal battle with Dalton Enterprises, which makes pavement maintenance products, had kept the expansion in limbo until last year.

City Has Guide For Building “Complete” Streets

“City traffic czar Mike Piscitelli said the new manual will be a reference for all new development in the city, both public and private. It will be used by the City Plan Department and the engineering department to evaluate and sign off on all city building projects. Piscitelli called it a “toolbox” of design elements—from speed humps to roundabouts—to calm traffic and make streets safer.”

City Plan releases designs for Phase IV of the Greenway (Hillhouse to Long Wharf) The link points to a full PDF presentation of the plans, including various options for the route. Make sure you contact city hall and your alderman to express how vital this project is.

NYC: More than 200,000 people per day ride a bike –  Build it and they will ride. That’s the message conveyed in the latest annual estimate of the number of bicyclists in New York City by Transportation Alternatives, which found roughly 236,000 New Yorkers riding each day in 2009, up 28 percent from 185,000 daily riders the year before.

“More and better designed bike lanes, that’s clearly what’s fueling this growth,” said Wiley Norvell, a spokesman for the bicycling and pedestrian advocacy group, which has conducted an annual cycling estimate for nearly two decades.

From West to East, They “Rocked”Each cyclist raised at least $25 to join the ride, and some went far beyond. In all, the rock-to-rockers raised about $20,000, according to organizer Joel Tolman of Common Ground. That’s twice the amount donated last year, he said.

The money will go to a panoply of environmental groups: Common Ground, Solar Youth, New Haven Parks Department, Friends of East Rock Park, Friends of Beaver Pond Park, The Urban Resources Initiative, Elm City Cycling, Friends of Edgewood Park, Sierra Club’s Inner City Outings, and New Haven/Leon Sister City Project.