Transportation Progress 2019

Our friends from the Transport Hartford Academy (THA) at the Center for Latino Progress (CLP) shared a wonderful update of transportation progress in Hartford. An abbreviated version is below; much appreciation for sharing the good news!

  • Traffic Calming and Safety – The City of Hartford demonstrated two traffic calming pedestrian safety improvements (AKA tactical urbanism) at the intersection of Main and Charter Oak Ave and the Pulaski Mall crosswalk on Prospect Street.  They made the news and were well received.
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    Almost 100 speed humps were installed at the end of 2018, and early Transport Hartford Academy crash data analysis showed a 49% crash reduction on neighborhood streets with the new speed humps compared to the prior 3-year average. This is a much more significant crash reduction than the 14% for the no speed hump control group.  More years of analysis will be needed to solidfiy these findings.
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    Important bicycle safety improvements were installed at the Reserve Road off-angle railroad tracks. After a strong push from city and regional advocates, the CT DOT replaced the crossing and included rubber gap fillers in this difficult angled crossing near the entrance to the Charter Oak Landing riverfront park. This railroad crossing, the cause of many bicycle crashes, is also right next to the Charter Oak Bridge, popular for bicycle commuters crossing between Hartford and East Hartford.
  • Crosswalk Improvements – The state installed new reflective signs and repainted over 100 crosswalks across the city.  A new crosswalk was installed with a flashing beacon at the busy pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Front Street and Prospect St near the UConn Hartford campus.  These are in addition to the centerline crosswalk signs that made their way onto the streets earlier this year.  [Note – Most of the centerline signs were removed for the winter season as the city considers arrangements that will keep some of them in place.  Each sign needs a steward that can bring it in before snow storms, putting them back after the roads have been fully cleared.]
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  • Up-Cycled Bicycles BiCi Co., a program of the local nonprofit CLP, keeps getting more bikes on the road with programs galore: Bikes for Jobs, Teen-Earn-a-Bike, Do-It-Yourself Hours, Spring BIKELIFE for Youth, and a full service bicycle shop with sales and repair at 97 Park Street.  BiCi Co. was just approved for a Sustainable CT Community Match Fund grant, and they, and other Hartford organizations, would love your support to maximize matching funds and create change with community-based projects.
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  • Multimodal and Bus Transit – The Transport Hartford Academy has been hustling all year to increase sustainable and multimodal transportation with events, panel discussions, civic engagement, articles, and informative newsletters.  One of the items being discussed with community members and local leaders is the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from the transportation sector, which contributes 38% of CT’s climate changing emissions.  There is a coalition of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States working on the cap-and-invest approach to make the investments needed in a sustainable, healthy, and equitable transportation system of the future.  In November 2020, Transport Hartford hosted their 2nd annual Northeast Multimodal and Transit Summit and over 30 presentations are shared here.  In November 2020 the summit will be returning to Hartford.
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  • Hartford’s Bicycle Master Plan Released – This year the City finalized the city wide Bicycle Master Plan with details for near term and long term projects that will provide for safe cross city routes.  The next step in the process is implementation.  The City hosts monthly Complete Streets team meetings that keep this plan and pedestrian safety improvements moving forward. A shoutout to the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, Sandy Fry, who has worked tirelessly on these efforts!
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