Who we are
We are a group of Mansfield bicycle advocates who gathered informally beginning in 2014 and in 2016 formed Bike Mansfield to further promote bicycling in the Town and to assist the Town in securing the Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists. As of early 2015, Connecticut had only two such communities with this designation (Simsbury and South Windsor). Mansfield had applied for this designation in 2012, but although lauded for the work it had done in constructing bicycle infrastructure at that time, it did not receive the designation. More work was needed in the area of bicycle facility planning, bicycle education, enforcement and in setting up a “complete streets” policy in the Town. This was accomplished by the Town (with the assistance and coordination of Bike Mansfield) between 2016 and 2017 and the application was resubmitted in 2017. In the fall of 2017 the League did designate Mansfield as a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community.
Prior to the pandemic, Bike Mansfield teamed with the Town’s Parks and Recreation Department to offer regular workshops, which were listed in the recreation department’s course brochures. These workshops were generally held in the Mansfield Community Center and featured programs on bike maintenance, riding techniques and safety, touring, racing, films and many other topics.
Up until the Covid-19 “lock-down” Bike Mansfield met monthly at the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center. We plan to start up our regular meetings in the Spring of 2021 both to continue to help promote cycling in Mansfield and to help to prepare the Town’s Bicycle Friendly Community renewal application which is required every four years. All bicycle enthusiasts are welcome to attend our meetings or have their email address added to receive news of the meetings.
As you know, the pandemic has increased the use of bicycles all over the world. As the pandemic wanes, we will renew our efforts to assist in making Mansfield a great place for biking and other forms of active transportation. Please join us!
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome at [email protected]