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bike_to_work_2014.jpg - 5/19/2014

Stamford Bike to Work Day  --NEW--

On May 16, SWRPA, Stamford Downtown, City of Stamford, and a host of other businesses and organizations held a Bike to Work Day event at Veterans Park in downtown Stamford.  Highlights included speeches from Mayor David Martin and Rep. Jim Himes about the importance of bicycling, the presentation of a bicycle to the Stamford Mayor's Office by Allied Barton Security and Danny's Cycles, and a ride from Veterans Park to the Stamford Government Center.   Click here to check out more photos on Flickr.

Stamford_Bike_to_Work_Day_2014_8.5x11.pdf - 5/6/2014Stamford Bike to Work Flyer

Thanks to all the event supporters:  Stamford Downtown, City of Stamford, People Friendly Stamford, Sound Cyclists, CT rides, Danny's Cycles, Pacific Swim Bike Run, Fleet Feet Sports, and Vanchetta.

For more information or if you would like to support this event in the future, please contact Alex Karman ( or 203.316.5190


South Western Region Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

SWRPA has updated the South Western Region Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.  The Plan presents an overview of bicycle and pedestrian travel in southwestern Connecticut and describes the major initiatives to build new bicycle and pedestrian facilities.  The Plan update added information about new Federal and State policies, summaries of recent plans, new Census data (where available), improved graphics, revised multi-use trail routings and descriptions, and references to complete streets recommendations in recent SWRPA corridor studies. 

SWRPA_bike-ped_plan_2013.pdf - 11/15/2013 South Western Region Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan  (11.4 MB)

For more information, please contact Alex Karman ( or 203.316.5190)

Bicycle-Pedestrian Safety Corridor Study

The purpose of this study is to analyze and recommend safety improvements to state highway segments in the South Western Region with elevated rates of bicycle and pedestrian accidents.  Eight sections of state highway were examined in Greenwich, Norwalk, Stamford, and Westport

SWRPA_bike-ped_plan_2013.pdf - 11/15/2013 Final Report  (12.6 MB)


Merritt Parkway Trail Study  --NEW--

Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is conducting a feasibility study of a multi-use trail along the Merritt Parkway. 

During the winter and spring of 2014, CTDOT will hold a series of public meetings to present a conceptual design for the trail.  At present, here is the meeting schedule:  

 New Canaan
April 30, 7:00 pm
 Outback Teen Center
 NorwalkJune 24, 7:00 pm
 Community Room, Norwalk City Hall
 StamfordApril 15, 7:00 pm
 Stamford Government Center - 2nd Floor
 WestportMarch 10, 7:00 pm
 Westport Town Hall Auditorium

In spring 2012, CTDOT held a series public workshops in each townthrough which the parkway traverses.  Prior Studies:


Bike-Ped Factsheet

A one-page summary of bicycle and pedestrian planning in southwestern Connecticut:

SWRPA_bike-ped_factsheet_2013.pdf - 11/15/2013 Factsheet: Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning in Southwestern Connecticut - 2013  (2.0 MB)


Long Range Transportation Plan

Going Forward: The Plan to Maintain & Improve Mobility is the South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization's thirty year plan for transportation investment in the region.  Inclusion in the plan makes transportation projects eligible for federal funds.  The plan included a section on bicycles and pedestrians, which is excerpted below:

Long Range Transportation Plan 2011 - 2040: Bicycle-Pedestrian Section (pdf, 1.2 Mb) 



The region's vision for bicycling and walking echoes the state's vision and goals at a regional level:  'To enhance the bicycle and walking environment throughout the South Western Region (Connecticut) by providing for the safe, convenient and enjoyable use of these modes of transportation in an effort to meet the publics' demand for improved mobility and a better quality of life.'  (CTDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, 1999). 

Safe and connected pedestrian and bicycle facilities are essential elements of the comprehensive multi-modal transportation system envisioned for the South Western Region.  These modes provide personal transportation choices that are alternatives to the single-occupant vehicle.  They are environmentally-friendly and benefit air quality and reduce energy use and traffic congestion.  They can be relatively low cost, and contribute to a better quality of life.  The challenge is to develop a 'bicycle and pedestrian friendly' region and state.

SWRPA continues to promote bicycling and walking in the region through a number of initiatives.  A Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, currently under development, will identify projects to make bicycling and walking safer and more convenient.  SWRPA also assists its member municipalities obtain funding for Safe Routes to School and Federal Transit Administration Enhancement projects.


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