After staying out late last night enjoying the revelry of my birthday celebration, I got up early this morning to attend the Connecticut Bike Walk Summit 2010. Roads are meant for more then just cars. I love to bike, and I want to do so safely. Roads are the most efficient route to get just about anywhere. That is why I dragged my sorry butt out of bed this morning to attend this summit.
The summit joined together the many organizations and individuals working together for a bike walk friendly Connecticut. Nationally CT is ranked 40th as a bike friendly state. For me personally, anytime I can turn exercise into fun or just part of my daily life, my life is better--physically, emotionally, and environmentally. One interesting observation I made as I looked over the 200+ people attending this summit, they were all fit. Ok there were 3 over weight attendees. This was a group of individuals that rountinely, walk, bike, or ran for fun or for transportation.
What city do you think is the most physically fit in the nation? It is Manhattan. People walk to where they are going, because it is the easiest way to get around. Mayor Bloomberg is dedicated to making it even easier.
If you are for bikes, making it easier and safer to ride them in your community and our country, please sign the pledge at PeopleForBike.org.
There was to much good information at this conference to write, but if you are interested I am including some of the local and national links referred to at the summit.
I would love to know what is going on in your community.
CompleteStreets.org Policy, planning and designing streets for all users in mind.
HartfordiQuilt.org A plan to make Hartford park to river more pedestrian friendly.
BikesBelong.org Federal policy and funding.