The City of New Britain has been named to the League of American Bicyclists’ list of bike-friendly communities in the U.S., reports the Hartford Courant. West Hartford was also named to the list.
New Britain drew praise for their initiative to create bike lanes and represented “a victory for Bike New Britain, a group of cycling advocates in the city that drew more than 100 participants for its “Hardware City Bike Tour” last month,” said the Courant.
A 2008 study found that New Britain’s streets were good for cars but not designed well for walkers and cyclists. The city has worked hard since then to reform its downtown, receiving a 2014 Award of Excellence from CMSC for their Complete Streets Plan for Downtown New Britain. The city has added bike lanes downtown and elsewhere over the last several years, with additional plans to add more. A 2013 streetscape report said making the city, especially downtown, more receptive to pedestrians and bikers would help economic development, particularly with service on CTfastrak scheduled to start in 2015.