A Bike “Chain” For A Transit Ally

Contributed PhotoMike Piscitelli has a new job at City Hall. His fans in the community wanted to offer him with one last reminder of his old one.

Bicycle advocates gave Piscitelli a plaque Monday night with this inscription:  “ElmCityCycling Golden Chainrings for Distinguished Service to the City of New Haven and the Cycling Community.  Awarded to Michael Piscitelli, January 10th, 2011.”  The plaque featured three gilt bicycle cogs meshing with a single chain, symbolizing the interdependence of the city, the public, and ElmCityCycling in achieving progress for the bicycle community.

The plaque was awarded at Elm City Cycling’s regular group meeting. Members worked for years with Piscitelli in his capacity as city director of transportation; they helped him craft a new safe-streets policy aimed at making it easier and safer for cyclists and pedestrians to share New Haven’s roads with drivers of cars and trucks.

In his tenure as transportation chief, Piscitelli developed a reputation for keeping his door open to concerned citizens and including them in the process of crafting city policy.

Piscitelli’s new gig is as assistant director of economic development. The cyclists will still be hearing from him, and vice versa; a key component of that new safe-streets policy is to weave traffic-calming ideas into development projects.

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posted by: ASL on January 13, 2011  11:56am

A well-deserved recognition—congratulations, Mike!

posted by: matthew on January 13, 2011  12:15pm

Thanks Mike for all the great work you have done for The City !!
I wish you the best of luck in your new job.

posted by: Cedarhillresident on January 13, 2011  12:30pm

I have to agree with ASL. Good job mike.

posted by: simon on January 13, 2011  12:45pm

once again the bike special intrests are honking thier little bicycle horns for themselves while the city falls to pieces and is burried in snow.
you are just sooooo proud of yourselves.

posted by: streever on January 13, 2011  1:11pm

Mike has MORE than earned his award! Good luck to you in your new position.

Photo was by William Kurtz. The actual award (which is beautiful—check it out in Mike’s new office) was created by board members Jason Stockman, Liana Martinago, and Ethan Hutchings.

posted by: davec on January 13, 2011  1:40pm

Elm City Cycling should go legit and form a Political Action Committee…

posted by: Moses Boone on January 13, 2011  1:46pm

Wonderful gesture from a proactive organization which would have all of New Haven on two wheels if the streets were safer.  We have been able to do so as a result of the fine integral working relationship with Mike. We wish him all of the best in his new position and if life gets too boring he is welcomed to the Friday’s’ bike to work meeting at the devil’s workshop- I mean the “Devil’s Bike Shop” until weather is more conducive to outside gatherings.  So if you see bike sharrows on the pavement - we have Mike to thank!!!

posted by: William Kurtz on January 13, 2011  2:35pm

Mike Piscitelli is a forward-thinking city official with a solid vision to make New Haven more vibrant and livable.  He did a great job in his old position and will likely do just as well in his next.  Thanks and congratulations.

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on January 13, 2011  6:35pm

A award? This sounds like a back room deal being cut to get poltical patronage.

The plaque featured three gilt bicycle cogs meshing with a single chain, symbolizing the interdependence of the city, the public, and ElmCityCycling in achieving progress for the bicycle community.

What interdependence of the public are you taliking about.Not all of us in the public are
interdependence of the city.Again the crooked two party system gatekeeprs at work.

posted by: streever on January 14, 2011  7:41am

3/5th,
you really think a little plaque we made is a “back-room deal”? Why would we feature it on the NHI? Mike makes almost 100,000 in his new job. You really think a plaque is going to be more alluring to him than his job?

....

If you can’t see that it’s kind of cute & charming that the local bicyclists want to thank the Traffic guy for putting bike lanes & sharrows when he gets promoted ...

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on January 14, 2011  9:07am

3/5th,
you really think a little plaque we made is a “back-room deal”? Why would we feature it on the NHI? Mike makes almost 100,000 in his new job. You really think a plaque is going to be more alluring to him than his job?

Remember Roland started with a Hot Tub.


If you can’t see that it’s kind of cute & charming that the local bicyclists want to thank the Traffic guy for putting bike lanes & sharrows when he gets promoted ...

No it shows me how you up hold the crooked two party system and it’s puppets.

posted by: streever on January 14, 2011  11:37am

Do the janitors at City Hall hold up the crooked 2 party system? ...

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on January 14, 2011  2:59pm

posted by: streever on January 14, 2011 11:37am

Do the janitors at City Hall hold up the crooked 2 party system? ...

No the janitors at city hall and even other workers across this country are fight there city halls.Not like some who are the gate keepers for city halls and the crooked two party system.

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on January 14, 2011  3:53pm

Were was ElmCityCycling when Biking While Black was going on.

http://newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/biking_while_black/