Reporting Bad Roads

Report an accident or unsafe condition on any road – in the State of Connecticut, not just state numbered highways by clicking here. If the accident or condition is on a local road the DOT will report to local authorities, if justified. You can also use this link to access the on-line bike map. It shows cross state routes, the East Coast Greenway, and has a suitability index for roads (state highways only).

If you see dangerous road conditions within the State of Connecticut while out riding, click here to report the condition. It is important to know that this link is for reporting state road conditions only. These are roads with route numbers. Report bad town road conditions directly to the appropriate town.

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. 

For more information, please contact Alex Karman (mailto:karman@swrpa.org or 203.316.5190)

SWRPA Plan       SWRPA Website

Safety Issues

Sound Cyclists promotes safe biking and starts each ride with a brief review of safe riding procedures. All cyclists are required to wear ANSI-, SNELL- or CPSC-approved helmets during any club ride.

For specific state laws on bicycling in Connecticut, click here to download a PDF.

If you are also interested in the state bicycling laws in New York, click here.

For bicycle laws throughout the United States, click here.

For hints on safe bicycle riding, click here

New York Safety Guide

A short graphical safety guide with references to New York State law related to cycling.

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Rider Training

Bob Boothroyd, a former USCF racer and coach, held the first of a series of riding SCBC clinics on GROUP RIDING SKILLS. The material covers: 
• Riding on the road , 
• Riding in a group in traffic and intersections , 
• Pedaling technique/cadence 
• Shifting 
• Drinking while riding 
• Riding in straight line - and much more!

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Complete Streets and the Complete Streets Statute

For several years urban planners have been extolling the virtues of "Complete Streets." What are they? Simply stated, a complete street, or road, provides facilities for all users – bicycle, pedestrian and transit – as well as motorized vehicles.

If you look around your neighborhood, unless you live in an older development, you will see nothing but car-friendly design. There are no sidewalks or side paths, there will be no lanes or street markings for cyclists nor will there be any signage suggesting that cyclists are welcome and that motorists should be on the alert for them.

Shoulders, which serve as bike lanes particularly for transportation cyclists, are seldom swept; they contain glass and debris. Storm drains are ubiquitous and often have gratings of an obsolete style which easily endanger the cyclist. Even if the drains have the newest grates, featuring a short distance between cross stays and stays with a circular cross sections, the drains will be debris catchers. Eventually their base tilts leaving a little pinch-flat trap or, worse, a big pothole as the drain succumbs to erosion.

Connecticut's recently enacted statute, commonly referred to as the "complete streets law," (it's actually titled "An Act Improving Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Public Act 09-154") helps a lot.

The language in the law is very helpful for us heroes of the asphalt. For example, Section 1.(b) states "Accommodations for all users shall be a routine part of the planning, design, construction and operating activities of all highways, as defined in section 14-1 of the general statutes, in this state." User is defined as "motorist, transit user, pedestrian or cyclist," and a highway is "...any state or other public highway, road, street, avenue, alley, driveway, parkway or place...opened to public travel..."

Section 1. (c) Specifies that not less than one percent (of funds received for highways) be spent for ...bikeways and sidewalks..."

And Section 2 is devoted to establishing an oversight committee, the "Connecticut Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, (CBPAB) which is administratively under the DOT, but reports to the Governor and the Transportation Committee."

Taken altogether this gives us cyclists a powerful set of tools in our long struggle for safe access to our roadways.