GROUP LETTER: Please Fund Bike Research in FY 2022 City Price range

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Letter submitted by (*see listing of names beneath)

Constructing on the City’s want to create a more healthy neighborhood that may be a draw for brand spanking new younger households transferring to Greenwich, we imagine the Conservation Fee’s proposed East-West Bike Route Research must be included within the FY 2022 City Price range. If carried out, the bike route would supply a low-cost, wholesome transportation various and far wanted outside recreation for your complete neighborhood.

Overflowing bike racks at Greenwich Excessive Faculty. GHS Compass yearbook 1975.

The BET is at present reviewing the proposed City finances. Sadly, the $100,000 request for the East-West Bike Route Research developed by the Conservation Division was not included. The Transportation and Air High quality Subcommittee of the Sustainability Committee intends to lift half the price of the examine from personal donations, which would scale back the City’s monetary contribution to solely $50,000. Pledges have already been made. Moreover, there are federal and state grants out there for municipalities supporting various transportation.

Neighboring cities from Stamford to Norwalk have already benefited from them. We are able to too. However we can not start to increase any biking infrastructure except we’ve the bike route examine accomplished.

This small expenditure is a brilliant funding with huge returns. The examine will construct the inspiration for a future community of motorbike lanes. As soon as put in, cyclists and walkers will profit from safer roads, cleaner air, much less noise and decreased demand for parking infrastructure. Think about your second automotive being changed by a motorcycle for brief distance locations. This alternative can save 1000’s of {dollars} a 12 months for households. The BOE has already lowered three college buses from its finances, and extra college bus financial savings could possibly be achieved if college students have a secure choice to bike to high school.

Nationwide gross sales of grownup bikes ballooned by 121% in March 2020 in comparison with March 2019 (Bicycling Retailer and Trade Information) and would have been even greater if not for restricted provide. The fast-growing presence of bicycles on our roads has created harmful situations. Use of bikes in Greenwich is proscribed to paved roads in public parks and prohibited on sidewalks. This forces cyclists onto slender busy roads, leading to tragic accidents and City legal responsibility.

In accordance with UConn’s Crash Information Repository, final 12 months, regardless of dramatically decreased site visitors on the roads in Greenwich as a result of COVID, nonetheless noticed an 11% enhance in accidents involving bikes.

COVID challenged all of us to search out methods to remain bodily and mentally match whereas social distancing. Many turned to bicycle driving. Bike driving is an inexpensive and accessible exercise open to all members of the neighborhood. Electrical bikes supply these advantages to the aged and bodily challenged. Biking generates zero emissions, decreases site visitors, and reduces the
demand for parking areas. A single car-sized parking place can retailer a dozen bicycles. The creation of a brand new bike lane community, supported by grant funding, would revitalize our streets with fashionable and enticing bike racks integrated within the native streetscape and greenery. Elevated micro-mobility will enhance gross sales at native shops and help our native economic system.

The East West Bike Plan Research will assist make Greenwich a extra fascinating neighborhood. We urge the City to incorporate this small quantity within the annual finances. It is going to be properly value it.

Sincerely,
Jordan Alper
Ellie Aronowsky
Ben Balsley
Nikki Barratt
Stephanie Barret
Matt Basinet
George Belshaw
Olivia Borsey
Ella Brahmst
Jack Brogan
Dean Brown
Steve Brown
Ella Brown
Bobby Burton
Brady Calhoun
Chloe Caliboso
Michael Capek
Ainsley Carella
Dan Castrigano
Annika Cezzar
Hilary Childs
Aissa Clarke
Ashley Cole
Flynn Corson
Ruby Cosgrove
Belle Cowell
Matt Dandola
Allegra DaPuzzo
Philip Dartnell
Ella Davis
Bob and Jan DeAngelo
Jonathan DellaCamera
Charlotte Dell’Olio
Elizabeth, Burke and Walker Dempsey
Julie DesChamps
Sarah DesChamps
Laura di Bonaventura
Vin DiMarco
Jen Donnalley
Connor Dougherty
Savvy Dreas
Max Dubner
MiKayla DuPree
Cooper Edwards
Heather Ewing
Demitrius Farias
Rima Ferrer
Will Feurtado
Ev Fitts
Kat Forstman
Jodie Frechete
El Gagnon
Candace Garthwaite
Warner Gearhart
Bailey Gendason
Gabriella Gianatasio
Ali Ghiorse
Josefina Gil Zalis
Asher Goldstein
Campbell Greene
Santiago Hahn
Heidi Halsted
Elizabeth Handler
Tony Hasapis
Tim Helstein
Ceanna Hidalgo
Sol Hochman
Owen Hoffman
J.R. Howe
Shannon Hubertus
Yash Jain
Charlie Jenkins
Dylan Joseph
Danna Justiano
Scott Kalb
Jolie Karen
Miles Keating
Betsy Keller
Charlie Kenny
Rachel Khanna
Ava Kilmurray
Sabrina Knoll
Myra Klockenbrink
Lucy Landzberg
Edward Lansing
Luke Laubscher
Colin Lee
Austin Lehn
Steph Lehn
Mal Lentini
Andrew Lewis
Will Lengthy
Anna Lonski
Simrin Madia
Christian Madon
Jayne Mangan
Heidi and Chris Matonis
Violet McCann
Julia McKee
Janet McMahon
Bella Medina
Stella Melucci
Kate Mini, MD
Eli Murphy
Jake Murphy
Rachel Newman
Denisa Neza
Evie Offit
Barbara O’Neill
Logan O’Neill
Ethan Parsons
Steve Paul
Andy Pauley
Nerlyn Pierson
Susan Polos
Emma Pratt
Maddox Reisner
Carolina Dewez and Luis Reyna
Jesse Ripka
Kate Rosenberg
Zach Rosenberg
Thayer Ross
Jackie Ryckman
Jonah Saidi
Elizabeth Mills Sanders
Alexandra Schwartz
Megan Shapiro
Kyle Brief
Celine Silvera
Avery Sleeper
Ellie Stark
Daniel St Louis
Chris Takita
Evan Tello
Calder Truesdale
Reese Velishka
Lily Vincent
Zach Vitanza
Lucy von Brachel
Caleigh Wallack
Lauren Waller
Rob Waller
Svetlana Wasserman
Tucker Winham
Chris Winters
Robert Yalda
Alex Zaken
Doyle Zisson
Carmelia Zuniga

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