With thousands of active cyclists on city streets, New Haven is working hard to be a bike-friendly community for cyclists of all ages and skill levels.
This week, in response to the growing number of cyclists on the streets and trails, I will join with members of New Haven’s cycling community to unveil the Smart Cycling Handbook. Developed by the City of New Haven’s Street Smarts campaign, in partnership with bicycling advocates, law enforcement officials, and local leaders, the handbook seeks to encourage cycling in New Haven while promoting safety and traffic education.
Cyclists have rights to the road, but they also have obligations — to the motorists, pedestrians, and fellow cyclists around them.
The handbook aims to:
• Promote safe travel for both bicyclists and motorists is the shared roadway;
• Reinforce the “3 foot rule,” a law stating that motorists must provide bicyclists three feet of spaces on all sides when passing;
• Give instruction for using turn signals, maneuvering advice, recommendations on equipment;
• Provide tips on bike maintenance;
• Introduce bicyclists to many of our parks and trails that serve as oases for recreational cycling; and
• Inform riders on how to properly fit a helmet
Biking is environmentally-friendly, good for our health, and is fun for people all ages. The City and the cycling community are dedicated to working together on many projects, such as the Smart Cycling Handbook, to ensure that those who choose to cycle can do so safely and enjoyably.
Community Budget Presentation:
On Thursday March 31st, 7:00 pm, at St. Bernadette’s Church, (385 Townsend Avenue) I will be hosting a community budget presentation. This is your opportunity to become engaged in the budget process, learn about what goes in to developing the budget and express your thought on the City’s budget priorities.
Health Matters Tip of the Week:
Did you know that most serious bicycle crashes occur on quiet neighborhood streets?
Each year, more than half a million bicyclists visit the hospital when they are injured in a bicycle crash. We can make bicycling safer for all by observing the follow safety tips.
Always wear a helmet-Obey all traffic controls-NEVER carry another person on you bike-Look out for cars at cross streets, driveways and parking places-Ride your bicycle near the right-hand edge of the road-Always use hand signals when turning or stopping -Give pedestrians the right of way. Remember your bicycle is a vehicle!
Here what else is happening in New Haven
Please help improve our recycling program by making sure that recyclables placed in the bins or toters are not in bags, and any food containers have been rinsed out.
Upcoming Cultural Events:
Mar 28 - Mon Apr 18. The Entrepreneurship Development Course by The Elmseed Enterprise Fund at Yale. Linsley-Chittenden Hall. $20 for 4 lessons. 7:30- 9pm. www.elmseed.org/
Mar. 29. Exhibition Reception: Katie Kindilien and Lenny Moskowitz. Gallery 195. 5-7pm. www.newhavenarts.org.
Mar 29. Miró String Quartet. Morse Recital Hall. $20-30, Student $10. 8:00pm. http://music.yale.edu
Mar. 31. Exhibition Reception for Common Ground: What Matters is the Dream. Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery. On display thru May 13. www.newhavenarts.org
Mar. 31-Apr. 2. The Musicality Radio Hour @ Yale Cabaret. Tickets: $15; $10 students. 8pm. www.yalecabaret.org/
Apr 1. Department Show II Opening Reception. Creative Arts Workshop 5pm - 7pm. www.creativeartsworkshop.org
Apr. 1. CT Folk's First Friday Concert Series: Buskin & Batteau -- John Flynn. 7:30 pm. www.ctfolk.com/fridays.html
Apr 1. Yale Philharmonia: Mahler 5. Woolsey Hall. 8:00pm. http://music.yale.edu
Apr. 1. Jeremy Pelt Quintet @ Firehouse 12. 8:30pm/10pm. $18/$12. http://firehouse12.com
Apr. 2. Open Farm Day at Common Ground. 10am-2pm. www.commongroundct.org.
New Film Series at the New Haven Museum
Apr 3. The New Haven Museum and the League of Women Voters of New Haven and West Haven announce the inauguration of a new film series on public issues of importance to American voters. The films will be shown on the first Sunday of the month, when the Museum is open to the public free of charge from 1 PM to 4 PM. The films are free.
The first film in the series, to be shown on Sunday April 3, 2011, will be "Around the World in 72 Days," the story of Nellie Bly, the intrepid 19th century woman reporter who exposed conditions in the nation's mental hospitals and who circled the globe in 72 days, bettering the record of Jules Verne's hero.
Contact Name: Adam Joseph
Contact Email: AJoseph@newhavenct.net
Contact Phone: 203-946-7660