Urban Areas Linking Walkers, Cyclists, and Transit
Around the state, new construction projects are underway that will link cities and towns with each other and provide transportation alternatives to our current car-centric ways. Communities are taking different approaches, but many are doing their best to ensure that pedestrians and cyclists have safe and convenient access to mass transit as well as local byways.
Running between Hartford and New Britain, the CTFastrak Busway and Multi-Use Trail will pair a new 5-mile trail with the southern half of the dedicated busway, enabling residents to bike, run, or walk to local destinations or purely for recreation. In addition, New Britain will also be engaged in a new “streetscape” project to complement the busway. The streetscape will help to transform the downtown into a walkable community with improved parking, aesthetics, and road alignment. Taken together, these projects will help establish a high-quality environment for pedestrians and bicycles, make major structural layout improvements, improve public transportation connectivity, and help fund art initiatives.
In Hartford, iQuilt is a new downtown culture-based urban design plan. The area is an unusually compact historic district packed with more than 45 cultural assets and destinations within a 15-minute walk: museums, performance spaces, historic landmarks, modern architecture, and public art. Continue Reading...