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    City promotes Bike to Work Week

    (5/11/2006) The City of New Haven is joining with Elm City Cycling and the GO-alition in celebrating Bike To Work Day on Friday, May 19, 2006.

    To celebrate the event, Elm City Cycling is organizing commuter bike routes commencing at the points listed below. Cycling enthusiasts can join in from anywhere along the designated routes among the City. Among those joining in will be Chief of Police Francisco Ortiz, Jr. and police officers. All cyclists are invited to depart at 7:30 a.m. from meeting points listed below, and join other cycling enthusiasts on the New Haven Green at 8:15 a.m., where members of the local cycling community will be serving a breakfast from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

    In addition, Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. announces the installation of 20 new bike racks at points around the City this spring, and installation by the Traffic & Parking Department of a bicycle -sensitive video detection systems near Southern CT State University that will allow traffic signals to be actuated by bicycles. Construction work will begin this summer on the system and will be completed by next summer.

    The Mayor, a proponent of cycling, said bicycling to work has many benefits. “It not only provides an alternative way to get to work, it also saves on gas money, provides exercise and is gentle on the City’s environment. The new video system will be a first for the city and is a way of acknowledging in our traffic signal management system that bicycles are increasingly a mode of transportation for our residents,” the Mayor said.

    The City continues to make a detailed map available online at www.cityofnewhaven.com listing bike routes in the City, refreshing cyclists on state laws and offering tips for safe riding.

    Elm City Cycling has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the League of American Bicyclists to help promote bicycle-related events, including Bike to Work Day. "Biking to work is a great way to start and end a day,” says high school teacher and avid cyclist Bill Kurtz. “On a bike you avoid the frustration and stress of traffic congestion and get a little exercise in, too."

    Anyone wishing to join in the Bike to Work ride on Friday should call The Devil's Gear Bike Shop (773-9288) for more information. They can join up along any of these facilitated routes:

    Hamden + East Rock: Spring Glen (led by Melinda Tuhus) Total distance: 4 miles; leaving at 7:30 a.m. from Walgreen's at 1697 Whitney Avenue in Spring Glen, Hamden:

    R on Whitney Ave, R on Haverford St, R on Ridge Rd (meeting point 7.45am), R on

    Davis St, R on East Rock Rd (meeting point 7.55am), L on Livingston St, L on

    Edwards St, R on Orange St (meeting point at 8.05am), L on Temple to Green.

    East Haven: East Shore (led by Michelle Lichtenfels) Total distance: 4 miles, from the parking lot for the skating rink in East Shore Park: L on Woodward Av, becomes Quinnipiac Av at intersection with Fairmont Av, (meeting point at Benjamin Jepson School 7.45am), L on E Grand Av, L on Front St, becomes Chapel St at intersection of E Ferry St + Front St (meeting point 7.55am), continue on Chapel St (meeting point at the Devils Gear bike shop 8.05am), R on Church St to Green.

    West Haven: Savin Rock (led by Sarah Perkin) Total distance: 6 miles; from the Savin Rock Conference Center parking lot: R on Capt. Thomas Blvd., L onto Campbell Av (meeting point 1st Congregational church parking lot on the West Haven green 7.45am), R on Main St, R on Kimberley Av (meeting point at intersection Kimberley Av + Water St 7.50am), L on Howard, L on Ceder St, R on Columbus Av (meeting point 8.05am), L on S. Church St to Green.


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