When the Friends of Heaven Skatepark recently told members of City Council that they wanted assurance that the Downtown North development, including the stadium, would not infringe on the existing park, they received no promises. When the artistic rendering eliminating the skatepark was called into question by the group, someone from the City implied the group was fussing for no reason, that this was merely an artistic rendering and that elected and appointed officials are not looking for ways to sanitize this space in hopes of sparking development. Continue reading 'Heaven Week: Commitment'»
Photo from the 2013 Hartford Marathon
Saturday is the Hartford Marathon — exciting for those who love running, confusing for those who are unprepared for potential road closures. The Hartford Marathon Foundation has provided some estimates for times when streets will be closed; they re-open as runners pass through, and police may allow access if/when there are gaps in the race. The HMF suggests using the Sisson Avenue exit for coming into Hartford.
Your best bet? Walk or use your bicycle on Saturday if you are navigating Hartford in the morning or early afternoon.
Some streets have already shut down:
- Trinity Street between Ford and Elm
- Trinity Street from Elm to Capitol
These streets will be closed to all vehicular traffic beginning at 12:01 a.m. on October 11:
- Capitol Avenue between Oak and Hudson
- Lafayette Street between Capitol and Russ
- Clinton Street
These streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7:30-2 on October 11:
Planters remain wrapped in plastic months after being dropped off along a pathway that runs east-west from Flower Street to Broad Street, under the I-84 viaduct. Vegetation, arranged haphazardly, peeking out from beneath the elevated highway.
Originally, Mayor Segarra had supported the fight to keep the city street open to thru-traffic, but later stepped aside when the State pressed. During discussions between the Connecticut Department of Transportation and constituents, the State agency promised a number of measures would be taken to soften the blow of the closure of this north-south street. Residents and business owners were told that a linear park type of space would be created, complete with benches and native plantings. Continue reading 'Another Fail in Flower Street Mitigation Efforts'»
More than one year ago, Real Hartford reported that there were plans to paint green bike lanes on the section of Broad Street between Capitol Avenue and Farmington Avenue. Temporary striping for lanes and bike boxes occurred last November. Continue reading 'First Green Lanes Underway for Hartford'»
Broad Street between Capitol Avenue and Farmington Avenue will be closed to through traffic from 6 on Saturday morning until 5 on Monday morning for work related to the CTfastrak project. This work is to include the restriping of lanes, including bicycle lanes and boxes.
Pedestrian access will be maintained during this time. The Legislative Office Building and garage will only be accessible from Capitol Avenue during construction.
With children returning to school this week, the Hartford Police Department kicked up its traffic enforcement on Tuesday. There were three target areas, including New Britain Avenue and Newington Avenue in the city’s South West neighborhood by the Batchelder Elementary School. With police receiving several complaints of motorists passing school buses, an operation was set up in the area of Kenyon Street and Asylum Avenue, a few blocks from Classical Magnet School and Noah Webster MicroSociety Magnet School. The area of 150 Tower Avenue near the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School was the third location receiving special attention.
The HPD Traffic Division issued 70 tickets for speeding infractions, two for cell phone use, and one for a motorist passing a stopped school bus. The north operation had an additional 15 motor vehicle and several parking tickets issued, along with one motor vehicle arrest and one criminal arrest.
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'»