Friday, January 13, 2012

Jonah Center News

As “project advocate” for the proposed $1 million multi-use trail, the Jonah Center is assisting the Mayor in forming the committee described below.

On December21, Middletown’s Common Council authorized Mayor Dan Drew to form a committee to assist in drafting a “Complete Streets and Middletown Bikeway Master Plan.” This committee will solicit and process input from the cycling community and other stakeholders in order to develop a master plan to make our streets safer and more usable for cyclists and pedestrians. The ultimate goal is to encourage safe bicycling and walking for transportation, recreation, and exercise purposes.

The Mayor’s Office wishes to meet and speak with a range of individuals who are interested and available to serve on this committee. If you are interested in being a member of the committee, please contact Linda DeSena in the Mayor’s office at 860-344-3401 to say that you will attend one of the sessions listed below. These conversations will be held in Room 111, on the first floor of City Hall. Please act promptly, since there are only 4 slots available for each session, for a total of 16.

Monday, Jan. 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 30, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 6, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

During these one-hour conversations, those who are interested in serving on the committee will share information about their cycling experience, preferred or desired routes, place of residence, and some initial ideas about street improvements, off road paths, or other infrastructure that would make our city safer and more inviting for bicycling. The membership size of the committee has not yet been determined.

In addition to the official members of the bikeway committee, all members of the bicycling community and other stakeholders will have ample opportunity to provide input on the Complete Streets and Bikeway Master Plan that is developed.

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