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How Bike, Pedestrian Friendly is Your Town?

Bike Walk Connecticut released its first annual scorecard ranking each town in the state.

As part of a 5-year plan to track the progression of Connecticut’s “complete streets” initiative, Bike Walk Connecticut recently released a ranking of each town based on how bike and pedestrian friendly they are.

The rankings were compiled using online surveys of how bike and pedestrian friendly local residents think their towns are; municipal leadership and engagement efforts, including the creation of local bicycle and pedestrian master plans; whether local task forces or advisory groups have been established; whether a “complete streets” policy has been enacted; and related public outreach efforts.

“The surveys and scorecard are expected to be conducted annually as part of Bike Walk Connecticut's new 5-year initiative to make it safer and easier to walk and bike by implementing ‘complete streets’ in cities and towns across Connecticut,” the organization said in the data release.

Check out the map above to find out how your town rates for bicycle and pedestrian safety and awareness and check out the Top 17 safest and most dangerous towns for cyclists and pedestrians here.

Methodology

  1. Public Opinion scores and Municipal Leadership and Engagement Scores are equally weighted in the combined final score.
  2. All 169 towns are ranked. Rankings of 1 through 126 reflect tie scores.
  3. The public opinion survey was based on Bikeability and Walkability Checklists developed in a joint effort of the Federal Highway Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. 
  4. The public opinion survey was designed in Survey Monkey and publicly available to anyone who lives or works in Connecticut. Respondents were limited to one response per person. 
  5. Nearly 2,200 people completed either the public opinion Bikeability Survey, the Walkability Survey, or both. 
  6. Public opinions on bikeability and walkability are equally weighted and make up the “Bike Walk Friendly Score.”
  7. Municipal Leadership and Engagement scores are based on the presence or absence of 1) a bicycle and pedestrian master plan; 2) a bicycle and pedestrian task force or similar group; 3) any public outreach efforts on complete streets or cycling and pedestrian issues; and 4) a municipal complete streets policy. This information was self-reported by municipal staff or elected officials in an online survey or by phone to Bike Walk CT staff. Points were assigned to “No” and “I don’t know” answers to distinguish non-responding towns from responding towns.
  8. Public opinion surveys were received from 155 of 169 towns. No responses were received for: Bozrah, Canterbury, Hartland, Harwinton, Naugatuck, Oxford, Preston, Roxbury, Salem, Scotland, Seymour, Sharon, Sherman, or Voluntown.
  9. Municipal leadership and engagement information was received from 121 of 169 towns.

william lucas July 07, 2014 at 06:59 PM
We all know it's stupid, But is it against the law while cycling?
LINDA HANRAHAN July 07, 2014 at 10:02 PM
I, personally, have no clue ... my phone is old fashioned
Vince DiMarco July 08, 2014 at 07:34 AM
Yes, it should follow that "distracted cycling" is against the law - easy enough to find out. Enforcement of laws is certainly important safety of all users of the road, and is recognized as such, but there are four others that are necessary for a Town to become Bike-Friendly, which is the point of the survey initiative. Linda was on to one of the others - Education. For the rest of the "E"s, go to www.bikeleague.org/content/5-es and follow what is happening nation-wide to make cycling a safe and acceptable activity everywhere. As for this initial survey, the results are clearly not very accurate, and hopefully many more people will care to participate next time.
Interested Party July 08, 2014 at 07:53 AM
I didn't see any stats about how many bike accidents there were? In Fairfield, we see tons of bicycles. Most do not follow the rules of the road...they go the wrong way, they fail to signal, they fail to yield the right of way, at stop signs, and most are adults who certainly should know better. Yesterday I saw a man on a scooter, without a helmet, on So. Benson Rd...ON THE PHONE! I really believe that most of the roads, in Fairfield are unsafe for bicycling. It's not the fault of the roads, but traffic is very heavy in this town, and people do not use caution and common sense. I really believe a bike in this town, is extremely dangerous.
Interested Party July 08, 2014 at 07:55 AM
I personally know several adults who have had serious bike accidents, concussions, and dislocations of arms....

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