Petition: Keep Common Ground Students Safe & Create Community Connections in West Rock!
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Our immediate objective is to calm traffic and improve safe pedestrian, bike, and bus access around Common Ground's campus.There are several urgent safety concerns that need to be addressed as soon as possible:

1) Restore bus service directly from downtown to Common Ground's campus -- so that they don't have to choose between spending an extra 20 minutes on the bus, or walking through two dangerous intersections and across a bridge with no sidewalks to get to school on time.
2) Install school zone signs, painted warnings, rumble strips, or other traffic camling measures to keep pedestrians and cyclists safe around Common Ground's campus.

Over the longer term our goal is to create safe routes and real connections among neighbors and institutions in the West Rock neighborhood. We ask that the city work with Common Ground and West Rock stakeholders to work toward:

1) A paved pedestrian & bike path, or a sidewalk, that connects the public housing developments in our neighborhood (Brookside, Rockview, Wilmot Crossing, and Westville Manor), Southern Connecticut State University, Common Ground, Jobs Corps, Brennan Rogers School, the Westville neighborhood, and city and state park land.
2) Re-design of the intersections at Wintergreen and Springside, and at Hard and Springside, to improve safety.
3) A pedestrian bridge, or replacement of the bridge where Wintergreen Avenue crosses Wintergreen Brook to allow for safe pedestrian access.
4) Safe overflow parking for public programs at Common Ground -- potentially including diagonal parking along Springside Avenue, or safe pedestrian access to overflow parking at the Hamden Transfer Station.
5) Banners, signage, cameras, and other creative responses that address illegal dumping and break-ins in the neighborhood, and that improve sense of neighborhood connectivity and identity.
6) Additional traffic calming strategies along lower Springside Avenue.

Interested in learning more? You can view our complete streets application at, or contact Joel Tolman at 203.389.4333 x1214 or

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