New bike route along Fairfield shoreline inaugurated by Sept. 27 tour
Published 6:33 am, Friday, September 18, 2015
The new Shoreline Bike Route, a recent addition to the town’s growing network of bicycling routes, will be inaugurated with a Sept. 27 tour.
The event, a 12.8-mile round trip, starts at 2 p.m. at Southport Beach. (In the event of bad weather, the tour will be rescheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 25.)
The Shoreline Bike Route, developed by the town’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, was unanimously approved by the Police Commission at its July meeting. Extending from the Westport border to the Bridgeport border, the route links Southport Beach to Ash Creek. It follows roadway shoulders covering 6.4 miles each way on roads along or near the Long Island Sound shoreline.
“The Fairfield Shoreline Bike Route will formalize an existing corridor long enjoyed by cyclists,” Keith Gallinelli, chairman of the Fairfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, said in a press release announcing the bike tour. “The committee is working on a signage plan that will need review from the Police Commission, and, once approved, new bike route signs can be installed and roadway shoulders painted by the town Public Works Department, with the goal of being completed by next spring.
“We believe that visibly establishing formalized bike routes as part of the town’s emerging bike route system will increase motorist awareness of cyclist road travel and help to make cycling more safe for all users of the road,” Gallinelli added.
The bike route network signs, traffic striping and road markings are made possible by funding from the town’s Health Department through the Connecticut Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant over the next three years.
The Health Department is also working on plans for a local bike-sharing program to start sometime this fall.
The Police Commission in July also approved another bike route connecting the Fairfield Woods Library to the main branch of the Fairfield Public Library. Last year, the town’s first bike route along Mill Plain Road and that area was established.
To receive bike tour goody bags and complimentary water bottles provided by Zane’s Cycles, while supplies last, register for the free event at www.bikewalkfairfield.wordpress.com.
Registered participants will also receive a map, turn directions and be asked to complete a short online survey to provide town officials with data to help future planning. Refreshments will be served at the end of the ride back at Southport Beach.
Approved bike helmets are required for cyclists on the tour; participants must be 15 years old and over.
For more information on the committee and its work or to offer volunteer support for future events, visit www.fairfieldct.org/bikeped or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.