Monday, January 30, 2012

Calf Pasture Beach Road bike lanes: time to put paint to pavement

This plan for buffered bike lanes on Calf Pasture Beach Road can be installed this spring for the cost of a few buckets of paint.
Last fall, representatives from East Norwalk came together to support a new vision for Calf Pasture Beach Road. Mayor Moccia, Councilman Nick Kydes and State Rep Gail Lavielle joined a crowd of supporters from the Marvin Elementary PTA and other Norwalkers to call for bike lanes on Calf Pasture Beach Road. These bike lanes will not only create a vital recreational resource for Norwalk, they will also bring much needed safety to the dangerous crossing in front of Marvin Elementary. Currently, the schoolchildren who cross the street must contend with cars traveling in four lanes at highway speeds.

Norwalk leaders gave Calf Pasture Beach Road bike lanes their strong support last fall. With election season behind us, does that support still hold?
There is nearly unanimous support for Calf Pasture Beach Road bike lanes. The road is a feeder into two-lane Gregory Boulevard, so the four lanes are overkill. The stacking of cars on the road during Marvin Elementary pickup and drop-off times would still be permitted--although hopefully more of those parents will feel comfortable with their kids walking and biking to school. The city will get a solution to a hazardous road that has been a source of complaints from East Norwalkers for years.

These kids-turned-advocates don't want to wait any longer for a safe trip to school.

The small sidewalk feels safer when there are only bikes going by.
Furthermore, by moving forward with a paint-only solution, the city can improve Calf Pasture Beach Road at a very low cost. This is more a matter of will than money. The question is, does the support of Norwalk's leadership still hold and are they ready to make this happen? Sign the Calf Pasture Beach bike lane petition to let the city know this is important to you.

Coming soon: how the Calf Pasture Beach Road bike lanes can connect to the rest of town.





3 comments:

  1. Hi David, kudos on the petition. While we're at it, why not a painted bike lane along the Post Road from the Westport line to the Darien line?

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  2. Hi David, great idea. I'd like to recommend adding Bike Lane sign posts along the route. I have a small business that manufactures them. Let me know what you think. kids-playing.com
    Will

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  3. Hi David -

    Hope you can attend an event on April 11th at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport: Sustainable Streets: Promoting Safety, Promoting Growth. 8:30-12. Sponsored by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, City of Bridgeport and Fairfield County Community Foundation. ConnDOT Commissioner James Redeker will be one of the speakers. Contact the Fairfield County Community Foundation for more information, at 203-750-3200.

    Karen R. Brown, MPA
    Vice President of Programs
    Fairfield County Community Foundation
    383 Main Avenue, 4th floor
    Norwalk CT 06851-1543

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