Police panel asked to approve signs for new Fairfield bike routes
Plans to post signs outlining two new bicycle routes through town will be presented to the Feb. 10 meeting of the Police Commission.
The town’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee will detail the proposal in its presentation at the commission meeting starting at 4:30 p.m. at Police Department headquarters, 100 Reef Road.
“We believe our proposed signage, striping and road marking plan for the emerging bike route network in Fairfield will greatly increase motorist awareness of cyclist road travel and help to make cycling safer for all users of the road,” Keith Galinelli, chairman of the Fairfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, said in a release about the group’s plan.
The plans for bike route signs, developed with the town’s Engineering Department, call for marking two routes approved by the Police Commission last year.
The Shoreline Bike Route runs 6.4 miles from the town’s border with Westport to the Bridgeport border, while the 4.25-mile Library-to-Library Route connects the Fairfield Woods Branch Library to the main Fairfield Public Library at Old Post and POst roads.
An earlier bike route extends along Mill Plain Road and nearby area.
The signs and road striping are made possible by funding from the town’s Health Department through the Connecticut Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.
An online poll of 107 residents conducted last year by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee found that a lack of developed bike routes or lanes was a major reason keeping them from using bicycles more frequently for primary transportation, according to the group.