Library bike tour booked for Fairfield's Earth Day
Published 7:06 am, Tuesday, April 7, 2015
A "library-to-library bike tour" will kick off the town's Earth Day Celebration on April 19, rolling out at 2 p.m. from Sherman Green.
Hosted by the Fairfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, the cycling tour is part of the committee's efforts to add more designated bike routes linking the town's residential neighborhoods to business centers.
The tour is about an 8.5-mile route trip route liking the main branch of the Fairfield Public Library at Old Post and Post roads to the Fairfield Woods Branch on Fairfield Woods Road. Cyclists will gather at Sherman Green to hear brief remarks on the route and an update on the implementation of the local Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.
"This route is part of a proposed expansion of designated bicycle routes along town road shoulders that will link different parts of Fairfield. It complements the first town bike route along Mill Plain Road as well as the anticipated pilot bike share program coming to Fairfield in late spring/early summer 2015," Keith Gallinelli, chairman of the committee, said in a news release about the project.
"More biking routes are planned. Our committee was created by town officials to encourage walking and biking for transportation, which conserves energy, improves air quality, reduces traffic and the need for parking. Cycling and walking also improve health and fitness, all while having fun." Gallinelli added.
Approved bike helmets are required for cyclists on the tour, and participants must be 14 years old or over.
Participants will receive a map, directions and a survey form to help evaluate the proposed bike route's features. Refreshments will be served at the end of the ride at Sherman Green. In the event of bad weather, the tour will be rescheduled for 2 p.m. April 26.
To register for the bike tour, visit http://bikewalkfairfield.wordpress.com. For more information about the committee and its work or to volunteer for future events, visit http://www.fairfieldct.org/bikeped or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about Fairfield's Earth Day Celebration can be found at www.fairfieldearthday.org.