First, we are very happy to announce that the Town of Hanover has been included among The League of American Bicyclists Bicycling Friendly Communities “Honorable Mention” roll. During the process of applying for recognition as a Bicycling Friendly Community our committee learned a great deal about what we have done and what we need to continue to do, and what improve, in order to encourage cycling in our community and to build up our status and some day win Silver or Gold level. By being added to this list we join other large and small communities around the nation who are striving to make their streets safe and fun places to travel whether afoot, on two wheels or four.
To that end we are hosting an open-house on Wednesday May 22 from 5 to 7 pm at the Howe Library’s Mayer room. This open house will be our opportunity to reach out to our fellow citizens in Hanover. We want to share our ideas for how we can improve cycling and pedestrian facilities and just as important; we want to hear your ideas! We hope to see you then.
The first is about a new study from the Washington DC Department of Transportation.
… a 175% increase in peak-hour cycling from 2004-2012 that goes along with a 300% increase in the number of bike lanes in that same time.
– December 18, 2012
The second is an announcement out of Chicago, IL.
Chicago has planned to add 645 more MILES of bike lanes, 30 of those being protected lanes and 70 going down by 2015.
– December 18, 2012
These are both excellent pieces of news for our cycling citizens, and people who hope to be cycling citizens. Let’s all together look at what DC has done and what Chicago is doing and use these as examples of how we can all come together to make our roads safer and more fun to use!
677 cyclists and 4,432 pedestrians lost their lives on the roads of these United States in 2011. While these are vastly low numbers compared to the number of vehicular fatalities (32,367), any fatality for any road user is unacceptable. We can do better, we WILL do better. It takes all of us working together, living together, yielding the road when required, being good stewards of our environment and doing our duty as road users to accomplish this. Have a safe holiday season!
Our town would like all parents to take a moment to fill out the national Safe Routes to School Survey!
Safe Routes to School Parent Online Survey
Please take a moment to complete the online survey regarding walking and bicycling to school. This survey is administered by the National Center for Safe Routes to Schools and will be used to help us identify ways to improve walking and bicycling to school.
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