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Posted on: December 14, 2023

Norwalk Celebrates the Installation of the Longest Bike Route on any State Road in CT

(Norwalk, Conn.) Today, December 14, 2024, the City of Norwalk celebrated the installation of the longest bike route on any state road in Connecticut. The installation was made possible through a $280,000 Community Connectivity Grant Program (CCGP), administered by the CT Department of Transportation. The length of the bike route is approximately 10.5 miles and created a North/South connection from New Canaan to the Rowayton section of Norwalk, as well as an East/West connection from Rowayton to Westport. 

“I want to thank Governor Lamont and the CT Department of Transportation for selecting Norwalk as one of the municipal awardees to receive grant funding to increase our transportation options for cyclists and pedestrians,” said Mayor Harry Rilling. “The City of Norwalk is committed to enhancing walkability and connectivity through expanding our forms of sustainable transportation, such as sidewalks and bike lanes. I’m so proud that this funding gave us the opportunity to create the longest bike route on any state road in CT to make it easier for people to get around without a car, reducing carbon emissions and enhancing people’s quality of life.” 

“Thanks to Governor Lamont and Commissioner Eucalitto for this investment and their commitment to Norwalk,” said State Senator Bob Duff, Senate Majority Leader. “I would also like to thank Mayor Rilling, Jim Travers, the Director of Transportation, Mobility and Parking and the whole team for all the work they have put into this project so far and all they will do to make this vision a reality. This forward-thinking initiative will not only enhance Norwalk’s appeal but also solidify our commitment to sustainable transportation and creating a vibrant, connected city.”

The goal of the CCGP is to promote safety and mobility for pedestrians and cyclists across CT, thereby improving connectivity and expanding access to public transportation options. The purpose of the CCGP is to provide funding directly to municipalities to perform smaller-scale infrastructure improvements that are aligned with the overall program goal. 

Since the City was awarded the grant, Norwalk has substantially increased the amount of bike lanes its installed. This year, the City created more bike lanes than at any point in its history, with the addition of over 50,000 new linear feet of bike lanes. The City of Norwalk's Transportation, Mobility, and Parking Department (TMP), in conjunction with the Department of Public Works (DPW), is dedicated to enhancing the City’s connectivity. To achieve this goal, the City utilizes its Bike and Pedestrian Plan and has established a robust bike network. 

Funding for this project also included the installation of Norwalk’s first green colored bike lane pavement markings at the intersection of Route 136 at Seaview Avenue, as well as Richards Ave. Green pavement markings are used to increase awareness and visibility of cyclists for drivers in high-traffic areas. The green color pavement is skid-resistant and retro-reflective to enhance safety for cyclists. 

“I am really excited to celebrate the completion of this project which has created the longest marked bike route on a State road and introduced green colored bike lanes and red colored transit lanes, both firsts for the City,” said Garrett Bolella, the Assistant Director of Transportation, Mobility & Parking. “This project continues to set Norwalk apart as a leader in safe and equitable transportation that prioritizes our most vulnerable road users.”

Furthermore, the funding also focused on enhancing the safety of Norwalk Transit District riders with the installation of red colored pavement just north of Seaview Avenue at Route 136. Red colored pavement establishes a dedicated transit space for riders as they board and exit the bus. Both the green and red color pavement enhance equity and safety in the transportation network for our most vulnerable road users.   

A portion of this funding was dedicated to the City’s Safe Routes to School program. The project created new sidewalks on Hunters Lane from Ponus Avenue to Lancaster Drive. These sidewalks enhance accessibility and safety for students. A midblock crossing is located at Lancaster Drive, directly across from Ponus Ridge Middle School. The City installed a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) to improve safety and mobility for pedestrians. 

You can assess the City of Norwalk’s Walkability and Connectivity metrics on the Mayor’s Dashboard by visiting https://hub.norwalkct.gov/dashboard/Walkability and can learn more about the CCGP by visiting https://portal.ct.gov/DOT/PP_Intermodal/CTConnectivity/CT-Connectivity-CCGP.


 
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