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Biking and Hiking Maps & Resources

Connecticut has a bounty of scenic and fun places to explore. Towns can encourage active transport by working with local bike shops, hiking and biking clubs, police departments, and others to develop a website for hiking and biking opportunities in their community. Promoting means of active transport can have many benefits, such as: bringing in tourists/economic development; community health; and reduced traffic. Websites might include a listing of the bike-friendly businesses in towns, information about bike-sharing programs, bike route maps, events, bike clubs and shops, and bike safety education.  Simsbury.bike is a great example of the valuable information that communities can provide to encourage biking.

Action Steps

  1. Gather your team, including biking and hiking enthusiasts, police representatives, land trust members, and business owners
  2. Consider working with League of American Bicyclists (bikeleague.org) to become a bike-friendly community
  3. Gather informational resources
  4. Identify and map safe biking routes in your community with interesting highlights. GPS tools (e.g. Ride with GPS | Bike Route Planner and Cycling Navigation App) or free mapping tools (e.g. Google My Maps) may be helpful.
  5. Identify and map hiking trails in your community. DEEP’s CT Recreational Trails page includes many useful resources.
  6. Create web pages on the town or library website or establish an independent site.

Taking Action

Townwide

STUDY

PLAN

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>Vehicle Inventory

>Transp. Infrastructure Assmt.

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>Transportation Plan

>Funding Options

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>Education

>Policy Making

>Installation

Municipal

STUDY

PLAN

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>Town Fleet Assessment

>VMT Assessment

>EV Chargers Siting Assessment

>Vehicle Replacement Schedule

>VMT and Idling Reduction Plan

>Funding Options

>Charging Station Installation

>Fleet Conversion

>Employee Training

As with other areas of the 100PercentCT project, the strategy for transportation is to quantify current energy usage, reduce it, then replace remaining energy use with clean alternatives. The Benchmark Energy Assessment provides a starting point for this analysis. Using town-specific data from the tax roll, this analysis yields an estimate of the energy consumed by vehicles registered in town. This calculation entails summarizing the community’s fleet of vehicles by Connecticut Class Code and then using Department of Transportation estimates for miles per gallon (MPG) and vehicle miles travelled (VMT).

This quantitative assessment focuses on the current vehicle fleet of your town. The next step is a qualitative review of transportation systems other than motor vehicles. These should include bus systems, trains and other public conveyances in the community.

These quantitative and qualitative assessments then form the basis for a range of policies, regulations and initiatives aimed at reducing energy usage and emissions, and then replacing them with clean energy alternatives.

  • Complete a quantitative energy benchmarking exercise for your town’s vehicle inventory. The Resource section below provides a link to the data request from the town tax roll to get started.
  • Carry out a qualitative assessment of public transit infrastructure, bicycle/pedestrian resources, etc.
  • Develop a town-specific plan, as part of the broader Energy Plan, to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT), shift transport to public alternatives and accelerate the transition to low and zero-emission vehicles.
  • Electrify town vehicle fleet. Municipalities can accomplish several goals by electrifying their fleet – first they are leading by example – second they will achieve operating economies because of reduced fuel consumption and decreased maintenance requirements.
  • Consider deploying all-electric municipal or school buses (see resources below).
  • Conduct a study of your town’s electric vehicle readiness. An excellent resource here is the detailed study carried out in Fairfield.
  • Assess your town’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Scorecard, administered by the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Assess where electric vehicle charging infrastructure is needed in town and develop a plan for building it out.
  • Add additional charging stations on municipal properties.
  • Consider property tax incentives for electric vehicles.
  • Require new construction to be EV-Ready.
  • Educate residents about local public transportation options.
  • Implement the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Complete Streets
  • Achieve bronze certification as a Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists.
  • Encourage commuting by entering the CTRides Transportation Leaders Program.
  • Explore opportunities to expand local bike/pedestrian trails.
  • Conduct a no idling campaign.

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