We believe Connecticut can be a better place to bike and walk. And we think you do too. We want Connecticut to have safer streets, more multi-use trails, more sidewalks, and complete streets. We know you want more bike education classes for kids and adults and more advice for businesses, towns and universities that want to become bike-friendly. We’d like to provide that support. But we need you to chip in to help make it happen.
Please support Bike Walk Connecticut with your tax-deductible donation, your individual membership, or a business or organizational membership. Here's what your money will help fund:
- Pro-bike, pro-walk advocacy and education--including working with legislators, state agency leaders, our Congressional delegation, and other policymakers to get more bike- and walk-friendly laws, policies, and funding at the state level. ...And we're working to get those laws, like the Vulnerable User law, enforced. Click here for our Advocacy Priorities for 2016-2017.
- Pro-bike, pro-walk professional training for the transportation professionals in state and local government who are ultimately responsible for designing the streets, roads and greenways we need to be safe and bike and pedestrian friendly.
- Expanding our "Give Respect, Get Respect" Share the Road campaign to make Connecticut hospitable to pedestrians and cyclists. We're launching the campaign with 10,000 new Share the Road brochures, but we'd like to do even more with radio and web ads, billboards, share the road license plates, and more.
- Our Connecticut Bike Walk Summit, which convenes the state's citizen advocates, government leaders, and transportation professionals.
- Bike education classes for adults and kids, including Traffic Skills 101 programs and bike commuting clinics.
- Connecticut's Bike to Work Day, held every May as part of National Bike Month. As more people bike to work, the safer it becomes as drivers begin to expect more cyclists on the road. Plus, biking to work--or whenever you can bike or walk instead of instead of driving-- is good for the climate. Passenger vehicles are the single biggest source of Connecticut's greenhouse gas pollution.
- Our Discover Connecticut Bicycle Tour Series--fun, leisurely, noncompetitive rides to showcase the best of beautiful Connecticut. With enough sponsorship and volunteer support, we'd like to expand our Discover Tour series in 2016.
- General Operating Support. As a nonprofit, our primary purpose is our mission. But we're also running a business, and we know that to achieve our mission we must run our business well--and add staff. Taking a cue from groups in other states, a fully staffed Bike Walk Connecticut would strengthen our impact beyond words. We'd like our staff to include a planner or engineer to provide the technical design assistance that so many communities are looking for; a bike education coordinator; a communications and membership director; a development director; an administrative assistant; and an executive director/lobbyist.