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Share the Streets
Description

New Haven is a ethnically and socio-economically diverse city north of New York with a population of 123,000. While a comparatively high percentage of city residents bike and walk to work, they have historically braved dangerous conditions without dedicated bike lanes or trails, and pro-biking advocates have campaigned for better facilities.

To that end, the city has launched a multi-year plan to create on-street bike lanes and an interconnected network of biking and walking paths to enhance the city.s existing park system. The mayor made it a personal priority, and bicyclists held events to show support and keep the plan on track. Work has already been completed on a dedicated bike lane through a busy stretch of downtown. In addition, a greenway along the Farmington Canal, which follows a major thoroughfare, is under construction.

The city has also identified several more routes for greenways that will connect to each other. Among these is a scenic trail along the harbor, which will provide residents with recreational opportunities as well as a safe route to various destinations. Other projects will combine to create a unified system of trails, allowing residents to make active transportation choices.



Goal

Increasing Mobility for Bikers and Pedestrians