Category: transportation

Suggestion Box: Bike to Shop

By , August 19, 2014 5:05 pm

A possible destination east of the Connecticut River

The purpose of Bike to Work is to encourage people to use bicycles more than automobiles. The intentions are good, but the event feels like a poor fit for those who work something other than first shift, work at home, or work in a direction opposite of the gathering place. It serves a purpose, but it is only one way to get butts on bike seats.

Here’s an alternative: Bike to Shop Day(s). This already exists elsewhere — California, to be exact — as an annual event. Here are ways it could work here.

Bike to Farmers’ Market Tour: Gather in Bushnell Park by carousel (1-6miles): A slow and easy ride for less experienced cyclists who can get tips on site for securing their produce. Tour should feature a farmers’ market that is hosting live music or when a festival or health screening is planned. Distance changes by which market is featured. Continue reading 'Suggestion Box: Bike to Shop'»

Weekend of Cultural Events

By , August 18, 2014 8:36 am

Family Day in Keney Park was among the many things happening this past weekend in Hartford. The free event provided dancing and musical entertainment, along with information from community organizations and free health screenings. There were food, book, and clothing vendors on the lawn near the Woodland Street entrance. Continue reading 'Weekend of Cultural Events'»

Heaven’s Open

By , July 13, 2014 1:54 pm

Photo courtesy of Andy Hart

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Partial Temporary Closure of Hamilton Street Begins Monday

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By , July 9, 2014 1:02 pm

Starting at 7 a.m. on July 14, the section of Hamilton Street between Francis and Bartholomew will be closed to motor vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic. The closure is expected to last for five days.

Why? CTfastrak.

Speed of Capital Improvement Projects

By , July 7, 2014 8:51 am

With so much talk of how the City has been spending money and plans to use bonding in relation to the proposed stadium, it’s time to take a look at how Hartford is using Capital Improvement Project funds elsewhere.

Recreation

The recently re-opened George Day Park is one of those items. With new playground equipment, basketball court, garden area, and water features, this Parkville spot cost $870,000 to renovate.

In neighboring Frog Hollow, the Pope Park North/Baby Pope playground has been under construction for months. The underutilized tennis courts, broken chain link fencing, and dated playground equipment were ripped out, along with a concrete spray pool. Neighborhood kids have been, in the meantime, playing basketball and football on the first block of Putnam Street, in the roadway. Here, the City has said that the spray pool and playground construction would be completed by May, but a sign at the site says July. There is some playground equipment and picnic tables in place, but work remains to be done for the $570,000 price tag.

The Goodwin Park spray pool construction is scheduled to be completed in August: $190,000.

The carousel in Bushnell Park opened for the season at the end of June, approximately two months later than it normally does. That it has been open for more than only two days this season is an improvement over what was expected — one day in June, one day in September. The necessity of some of these renovations has been debated, but ultimately, the funds were approved. A document produced by the City lists the CIP funds for this at $900,000, yet the City Council approved $1M for it. Construction should complete in late November. Continue reading 'Speed of Capital Improvement Projects'»

July 2014 Events

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By , June 26, 2014 7:52 am

Do you need programmed events? Put on some sneakers and walk around. This photo was taken on a path along the Park River, accessible from where Lorraine Street turns. Park River trails are also accessible from Mark Twain Drive (near Plainfield Street) and Brookfield Street (near Flatbush Avenue).

Here’s some of what is happening in Hartford:

July  1

  • Love Wins on Oakland Terrace: free family festival from 5-7pm at Glory Chapel, 221 Greenfield Street.
  • Drop into Real Art Ways for Real Board (Games). Play the games they provide or bring your own. 6-10pm. Free.
  • Fed Up, a documentary about the food industry, screens at Cinestudio at 7:30pm. General admission is $9.

July 2

  • The Kid, a Charlie Chaplin film, will be screened in the Hartford Public Library at 1:30 and 5:30pm today. Free.
  • Love Wins on Barbour Street: free family festival from 5-7pm featuring haircuts, pony rides, face painting, music, and more. This will be hosted by The Hartford Project and the Citadel of Love, 167 Barbour.
  • Every Wednesday — as long as it isn’t raining — there will be free yoga in Elizabeth Park at 5:30pm. Bring your own mat or towel. Yoga is in the picnic area across from the Pond House.
  • Hartford 2000 is hosting what it calls an “informational meeting” about the proposed Rock Cats stadium. This will be held at the Hartford Public Library at 6pm. Mayor Segarra and other City officials are expected to be presented to answer questions and listen to public opinion. As of publication, only Segarra has been named as a speaker. Continue reading 'July 2014 Events'»

I-84 Hartford Project Asks for Public Involvement

By , June 18, 2014 9:51 am

Underside of an elevated I-84 ramp near Broad and Capitol. Photo taken 17 June 2014.

The I-84 Hartford Project held a public information meeting on Tuesday to inform about State Project No. 63-644 and to get people involved in what the CT DOT calls the early planning process.

“We’re here really kicking off public involvement,” Richard Armstrong of the CT DOT said. On Tuesday, they were not “rolling out” any “design solutions.”

Building the Case for Rethinking the Elevated Highway

The section of I-84 being analyzed is between Flatbush Avenue and the I-91 interchange, including the Sisson Avenue, Sigourney Street, and Asylum Street/Capitol Avenue/Broad Street ramps. Of that 2.5 mile corridor, the raised highway (“Aetna Viaduct”) is considered to be most important. In actuality, there are 4.5 miles of bridges when the highway ramps are included. Armstrong said “it’s safe to drive on,” but “periodic repairs are expensive.”

Mike Morehouse, a senior project manager with Fitzgerald & Halliday, said that $60 million has been spent on repairing bridges in the last decade. Another $50 million in repairs are expected in the next three years. Continue reading 'I-84 Hartford Project Asks for Public Involvement'»

Navigating the Bushnell Park Area

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By , June 17, 2014 8:44 pm

Fences have been installed inside of the park to discourage people from stepping on freshly re-seeded sections of the lawn. This has meant some detours for pedestrians and awkward queuing up for food truck patrons.

Now, Trinity Street has been closed in one direction from Ford Street to just after the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch. This is expected to re-open in mid-August after the renovation of the arch is completed. According to a press release from the Bushnell Park Foundation, the renovation project will include “cleaning, repointing and repairing the masonry, restoring the wooden doors at the entrances, adding thermal and moisture protection to the Arch, and cleaning, re-lamping and re-aiming of all light fixtures.”

To add more spice to your commuting life, the area being called “Bushnell Park North” is scheduled to be closed to vehicles beginning on June 30. Motorists have been advised to use Trumbull and Pearl as part of the detour when the westbound lanes of Jewell Street are closed.

Vegan Dinner, Bicycles Everywhere, and Community

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By , June 8, 2014 10:43 pm

Joe Biel and Elly Blue

The Vulnerable User Bill finally got approved. There are bike racks throughout downtown and four bike lockers at Union Station. Transport Hartford — a city-specific alternate transportation group — has launched. There are multiple large organized bike rides and many informal ones.

You’d have to be sleeping to think there’s nothing happening here.

This weekend offered more evidence that there is enthusiasm for cycling, both as recreation and as transportation. Continue reading 'Vegan Dinner, Bicycles Everywhere, and Community'»

Scenes from the Sidewalk: The Obsession

By , June 3, 2014 10:58 am

These attention-getting signs seem to jump one step ahead: are free parking times posted at meters? Is it allowed to be called free parking instead of unenforced parking now? And can’t we just bank some of the time from when people feed meter after hours and on weekends?

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