Watch area for bicycle-related issues in the Hartford area.
On Rt. (State Highway) 32 At The Bottom Of Coventry Rd Mansfeild Center, CT - Tolland County
There is 1"-2" buildup of sand washed onto route 32 at the bottom of Coventry Road. any child on a bicycle or any motorcycle turning onto or exiting Coventry Rd. is in extreme danger of loseing control at this intersection. It was cleaned up once but it desperetly needs to be done again before someone looses a life.
This is an update to my original report. As of 07/15/2011 this matter seems to have been ignored. The highway Dept. in Bolton is responsable for this strech of highway. It is in Mansfield Center.
East St Middletown, CT 06457 - Middletown
Speed of traffic is a problem for residents and walkers. Route 217 is a State road and goes through a residential area. There is a high density of Middletown residents living off of Route 217 and with the recent addition of a 55 and over residential housing development this further adds more people to the density of this area. We need sidewalks to allow people to walk and ride bikes as well as traffic signs to break up flow of traffic to reduce speed. Sidewalks would also help to further develop a neighborhood atmosphere .
1-39 Hawthorn Street Hartford, Connecticut - Asylum Hill
Several months ago I reported that dangerous storm grates were being installed as part of the road construction associated with Fastrak station. It appears that the same style of grates continues to be installed. The grates have long slots parallel to the direction of travel and could cause a catastrophic bicycle crash. This style of storm grate has been phased out for obvious safety and liability reasons.
Curious how the contractor has managed to not correct this issue, particularly with design standards and a previous SeeClickFix report. The CT Fastrak project is clearly intended to serve more than car drivers, and I would expect the road projects adjacent to the stations to have special attention paid to "Complete Streets" design tenets.
Pratt St Hartford, CT - Downtown
There is no bike parking on Pratt Street, even though its our city's most dense street. Let's not add just one bike rack, but a whole stable of racks so that more people will want to bike to the shops and restaurants on Pratt. New Haven just added a bike corral, let's do it too. http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/bike_corral_debuts_downtown/
360 Broad Street Hartford, Connecticut - Downtown
Money was spent to install bike lanes on one block of Broad Street, but we may as well have flushed those dollars. Instead of clearing the roadway curb-to-curb, the DPW plowed it into the bike lane, making that unusable to cyclists. Predictably, when we ask for bike lanes in other places in Hartford, we'll be told this won't happen because the current one is not used.
1. Snow happens in New England every year. Make a plan for appropriate snow removal and stop bring shame to Connecticut
2. Bicycles are transportation, especially in a city with such widespread poverty. People riding bicycles are already vulnerable. There is no need to exacerbate their risk by essentially forcing people onto a narrow street used by motorists rushing to get onto I-84.
50-72 Brookfield St Hartford, Connecticut - Behind The Rocks
It there something that can be done about most of the cars, school buses, ambulances and tractor tailors completely avoiding our passing the cars on the right who slow down and go over these speed bumps the city has placed. I think it's a great idea if used properly. I understand there is a bike lane but why can't the bikes slow down and go over the bumps also. Thanks for your time.
Hawthorn Street Hartford, Connecticut - Asylum Hill
Several non-standard grates with long slots in the direction of traffic flow were installed into replacement storm drains.
Just waiting for an unsuspecting cyclist to get a front wheel caught and break their neck. There are standards in place for a reason. Whoever the contractor is, doesn't know what they are doing if they don't know the standards.
Valley View Lane Vernon Rockville, CT 06066, USA - Vernon
This street is a small no outlet street. A wonderful neighborhood to raise children. But please don't go out for walks at dinner time or later. Lots of people speed around the circle. My family and I have almost been hit 3 different times! Once my Husband stopped the man that came only inches from hitting us. This person had been drinking!! In all honesty, if we hadn't moved quickly, us or one of our 3 children would have been hit. The speed limit is 25. Very quiet neighborhood but lots of speeding cars!! Peterson Rd. which Valley View is off of is also an issue with speeding. It's a long road with only a stop sign at the very end. There are sidewalks on Peterson however. Thank goodness. I worry about all the kids walking to & from school. I've reported this speeding to the police station to no avail. I want to feel safe while walking or riding bikes with me children!
Goodwin Park Road Hartford, Connecticut - South End
Happy to see that the concrete barriers were moved back into place on the Goodwin Park Road. Reflectors have been placed on the 'outside' of the southernmost concrete blocks so that they could be seen at night when a light is shined on them. These blocks need reflectors on both sides so that cyclists using the park in the twilight and evening hours can see them from both sides.
There have been cases of people on bikes getting severely injured by unmarked (unreflectored) bollards and barriers like this and I'm afraid it leaves the city open the risk of being sued.
Image is of the 'backside' of the southernmost concrete barriers.
106-122 Wethersfield Avenue Hartford, Connecticut - Sheldon Charter Oak
Wethersfield Ave is currently under heavy construction for the storm drain and sewer separation. I've noticed that the striping of Wethersfield Ave further south did not update the lane arrangement to improve "Complete Streets" safety for cyclists and pedestrian road users.
Are bike lanes being considered for Wethersfield Ave? Can the travel lanes, parking lane, and turn lane be narrowed? Parking lanes can be be narrowed to 7 ft, and the travel lanes to 10 ft. The center turn lane could also be narrowed to 10 feet.
Simple changes to lane width would make a significant reduction in speeding, reduce crossing distance for pedestrians, and improve the neighborhood character of the street. If the lane width reduction were implemented there would be an opportunity to implement 3-4 foot wide bike lanes. Since the bike lanes are not a minimum of 5 ft wide, they would be unofficial marked buffer lanes beside the parking lane. Alternatively, Wethersfield Avenue could incorporate "sharrows" and "Share the Road signage.
It is a popular street for commuting bicyclists, and continuing Hartford's car centric road design patterns is dangerous and doesn't promote a sustainable city. Thanks for your attention to this important issue.