Complete Streets Forum Jun 2014 - Success Stories, Lessons, Challenges
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Bike Walk CT--Complete Streets Leadership Roundtable
June 30, 2014, Middlesex Community College
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As part of Bike Walk CT's Connecticut Complete Streets Campaign, we hosted a Leadership Roundtable on June 30 at Middlesex Community College in Middletown. The event was designed to be an opportunity to meet people from communities that are already working to implement complete streets and others who want to make their own towns better places to bike and walk. It was meant to be a chance to hear what's going on in other towns (what's worked, what hasn't) and exchange ideas. Additional forums are anticipated for 2014 and 2015.

Captured below are the Success Stories, Lessons Learned and Challenges that meeting participants identified at the meeting. Towns are noted below if participants' notes included them. Use the downward pointing arrows in each column heading below to sort or or filter this information as you like.
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Success Story, Lesson Learned or ChallengeCity or TownDescription
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Success StoriesCantonCanton – 2014 POCD adopted: recommends CS integration into town policies, ordinances and regulations; includes mapping of bike/ped connections; SRTS plan underway.
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Success StoriesClintonComplete Streets policy being added to new Town Plan in Clinton
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Success StoriesCromwellSRTS Town of Cromwell
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Success StoriesDanburyDanbury – Bike Racks installed
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Success StoriesDanburyRide of Silence – Danbury
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Success StoriesDOTCT DOT – improving crossing markings and ped signals as part of routine signal upgrade due to input from Complete Streets Committee.
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Success StoriesDOTDOT Funding the completion of ECG
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Success StoriesFairfieldIn Fairfield we had our Complete Streets Policy approved by our town.
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Success StoriesFairfield COUNTYSound Cyclists Bicycle Club had signs promoting the three-foot law fabricated and is in the process of distributing them to municipalities in Fairfield County. Some are up in Norwalk.
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Success StoriesHartfordHartford Director of Dev. Services bicycled all Hartford streets when he took job.
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Success StoriesHartfordHartford support for EC Greenway
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ChallengesLebanonLebanon and Windham education.
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Success StoriesLebanonLebanon – Airline Trail improvements
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Success StoriesMadisonMadison bike group in POCD – Shoreline Greenway Trails
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Success StoriesMeridenCT Greenways Designation for 2.5 mil Quinnipiac River Linear Trail Meriden.
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Success StoriesMeridenLinear Trails Master Plan – Meriden
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Success StoriesMeridenPed Friendly Storm Water Detention – Meriden
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Success StoriesMiddletownIntersection upgrade with sidewalk - Middletown
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Success StoriesMiddletownMiddletown – CS Plan incorporated into POCD
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Success StoriesMysticMystic Community Bikes – Bike Share Program
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Success StoriesNew BritainNew Britain – Bike Lane Eddie Glover Blvd.
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Success StoriesNew BritainNew Britain – nearly $10 million in grant funding; community buy-in on a high level, recognition and improved quality of life.
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Success StoriesNew HavenNew Haven – Sharrows, bike lanes, bike boxes, starting conversion of 1-way to 2-way streets, bike parking lot at train station.
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Success StoriesNew LondonImprovements to I-95 Bike Lane Entrance in New London
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Success StoriesNew LondonNew London – Bike lanes, brand new downtown bike racks on State Street.
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ChallengesNew MilfordNew Milford – Convince town to commit resources to Complete Streets.
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Success StoriesNew MilfordNew Milford – 1 ½ mile long Riverside bike/ped trail – paid for with existing grant – helps build support for share the road signs and bike racks.
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Success StoriesOld LymeMap 21 Grant – Old Lyme
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Success StoriesSouth WindsorSouth Windsor 4th Grade bike safety program.
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Success StoriesSouth WindsorSouth Windsor Bike to School Day
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Success StoriesSouth WindsorSouth Windsor designated a Bike Friendly Community (Bronze Level).
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Success StoriesSouth WindsorSouth Windsor Master Plan and POCD
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Success StoriesSouth WindsorSouth Windsor Safe Routes to School
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Success StoriesSouth WindsorSouth Windsor Walk & Wheelways – going to P&Z meetings
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ChallengesStamfordEducational outreach to Board of Reps for passing Complete Streets Ordinance and putting bike lanes on the capital budget – Stamford.
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ChallengesStamfordGetting traffic to slow down and use transit – Stamford.
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ChallengesStamfordStamford – We need standards for complete streets for every new road/sidewalk project.
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Success StoriesStamfordDSSD in Stamford and People Friendly Stamford have provided input on Complete Streets Policy & Ordinance and Bike/Ped Plan in the new City of Stamford Master Plan.
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Success StoriesStamfordHarbor Point Trolley and CT Transit buses allow bikes on front of bus – Stamford.
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Success StoriesStamfordSharrows will be implemented in Stamford within ½ mile of Transportation Center.
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Success StoriesStamfordStamford – Mill River Park Greenway is Growing.
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Success StoriesStamfordSuccessful bike rally to get bike lanes on High Ridge Road in Stamford.
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Success StoriesWest HartfordFirst bicycle education class in West Harford.
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Success StoriesWest HartfordWest Hartford recently received a Bronze designation as a Bicycle Friendly Town by the League of American Bicyclists.
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ChallengesWindhamLebanon and Windham education.
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ChallengesBalancing the interests of road users
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ChallengesBest practices or road map for adoption of Complete Streets program within town.
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ChallengesBike Ped Advisory Communities (Advising town councils) must be driving by an independent community group under their own leadership.
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ChallengesBike Walk CT needs to be a much better facilitator on information on what is going on in towns and regions. [Editor's note: Nonmembers are encouraged to join Bike Walk CT (as a business or individual member) or donate so the organization has more resources to hire more people to do more work!]
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ChallengesClear design standards.
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ChallengesConcerns about costs.
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ChallengesConnecting the dots to provide a complete plan.
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ChallengesCross town or regional plans to improve transportation.
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ChallengesCrosswalks are not where people want to cross.
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ChallengesCycling not identified in town budget.
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ChallengesDOT
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ChallengesDriver education – how to be safe around bikes/peds; motorists often don’t know bike laws and therefore make dangerous conditions for cyclists.
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ChallengesDriver’s manual must contain more information on bike/ped rights and responsibilities.
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ChallengesEducate driving population of cyclists rights and responsibilities.
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ChallengesEducation – bicycle driver education doesn’t require facilities but all facilities do require driver education.
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ChallengesEnforcement to speeding, running red lights and no awareness of peds in crosswalks.
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ChallengesFlow of information between governments and citizens and access to information.
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ChallengesFunding.
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ChallengesGaining confidence of business community (they don’t want to lose car traffic).
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ChallengesGetting community support
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ChallengesGetting crosswalks on state roads.
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ChallengesGetting large number of people and organizations to agree/compromise on one plan that helps everyone.
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ChallengesGetting to the policy makers
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ChallengesGetting volunteers to town meetings to comment.
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ChallengesHow to get people to want brand-new sidewalks installed in front of their houses.
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ChallengesImplementation of POCD.
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ChallengesIntermodal connectivity.
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ChallengesKnowledge sharing.
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ChallengesLack of DOT leadership.
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ChallengesLack of grassroots to support change.
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ChallengesLack of leadership and commitment.
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ChallengesLack of leadership and vision at municipal level
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ChallengesLiability concerns.
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ChallengesLimited road width.
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ChallengesMaintenance costs.
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ChallengesMy town has a Complete Streets policy, but it isn’t being followed.
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ChallengesNarrowness of roads and no sidewalks
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ChallengesNeed Complete Streets Ordinance in addition to policy.
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ChallengesNeed engagement from town council to pull supplemented by Bike Advisory Council.
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ChallengesNew bike maps – need to copy others.
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ChallengesNew state leadership
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ChallengesNo parking for bikes.
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ChallengesOfficials or ignorant of bike/ped programs
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ChallengesOnce Complete Streets are implemented, worrying about ongoing maintenance.
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ChallengesPoor maintenance of sidewalks for people with disabilities and older adults.
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ChallengesResistance to bike trails and sidewalks
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ChallengesResistance to change.
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ChallengesRestricted by right of way constraints in developed areas.
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ChallengesSafe Routes to School
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ChallengesShare the Road signs are tough to put up due to sign ordinance – wish biking/walking could be more visible
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ChallengesStaffing.
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ChallengesStagnant plans.
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