Pols Pop In On Bike To Work

Melinda Tuhus Photo Melinda Tuhus of Elm City Cycling sent in this write-up and photo about Bike to Work Day.

Despite less than ideal conditions—windy with a downpour threatening—52 hardy souls attended Elm City Cycling‘s (www.elmcitycycling.org) Bike to Work Day breakfast Friday. This was National Bike to Work Day, and last year under sunny skies more than 150 cyclists came out. Breakfast was courtesy of Elm City Market.

Along with the usual handouts of bike lights, reflective leg straps and other safety gear, people learned about upcoming cycling events—such as the 14 rides ECC leads as part of the International Festival in June, followed by the ECC Century ride on June 29.

City transportation czar Doug Hausladen, representing Mayor Toni Harp, said she’s committed to building protected bike lanes to improve safety for cyclists as well as better transit options. He also discussed plans to change many of downtown’s one-way streets to two-way, which would facilitate bike safety by automatically encouraging cars to slow down.

Also on hand were state Rep. Roland Lemar and newly elected state Rep. Robyn Porter, and state Sens. Martin Looney and Gary Holder-Winfield. They talked about the passage of the Vulnerable Users bill, which will levy a $1,000 fine on motorists who can be proven to have recklessly injured or killed pedestrians, cyclists, construction workers, or wheelchair users. Lemar, who bikes around town with his wife and kids, thanked members of Elm City Cycling and BikeWalkCT (for advocating for the bill.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro stopped by to express her support for biking. She’s a member of the House Bike Caucus, whose members are sponsoring the Safe Streets Act, which would require Metropolitican Planning Organizations to take into account the “safety, interests and convenience of all users” in the design of federal transportation projects.

The rain held off until the event ended.

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posted by: Threefifths on May 19, 2014  12:11pm

Give me a break.Nothing more then Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.


Keep voting them in.

posted by: Threefifths on May 19, 2014  9:55pm

How about passing a law which will levy a $1,000 fine on Jay walkers,People texting when walking, Bicyclists who disobeying stop signs and run Red Lights.And a law like in the U K call Dangerous Dogs Act.


posted by: WC10 on May 20, 2014  9:32am


From your own link:

The Act has been described as a piece of rushed legislation which was an overreaction to a transient public mood.[4][5] The Act is sometimes cited as an unfavourable example of such legislation,[6][7] and in January 2007 was included in public responses to a BBC Radio 4 poll of unpopular UK legislation.

Maybe that is as terrible an idea as it sounds.

posted by: Threefifths on May 20, 2014  3:48pm

Are you saying people with these Dangerous Dogs should get a pass.By The way.The amended Dangerous Dogs Act comes into effect in England and Wales on 13 May 2014. This law applies to all dog owners no matter what size or breed, whether your pet is a Chihuahua, a Cockapoo or a Collie cross.

Pet Topics - Dangerous Dogs Act changes 13 May 2014



We need this law here.