We are a group of bicycle advocates in Mansfield who 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 has only two such communities that have earned this designation: Simsbury and South Windsor. Mansfield applied for this designation in 2012, but although lauded for the work it has done in constructing bicycle infrastructure to date, it did not receive the designation. More work is needed in the area of bicycle facility planning, bicycle education, enforcement and in setting up a “complete streets” policy in the Town.
Bike Mansfield has teamed with the Town’s Parks and Recreation Department to offer regular workshops, which are now listed in the current spring recreation course brochure. These workshops are generally held in the Mansfield Community Center and feature programs on bike maintenance, riding techniques and safety, touring, racing, films and many other topics.
Lon Hultgren, the recently retired Director of the Mansfield Department of Public Works, was the organizing force behind gathering exploratory groups of bicycle enthusiasts in August and September 2014. The first formal meeting was held in October 2014 and the group has been meeting monthly ever since on at the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center. You can read all of the notes from the meetings and find the date of the next meeting in the Meeting Notes section. All persons interested in helping to promote cycling in Mansfield are welcome to attend or have their email address added to receive news of the meetings.
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome at [email protected]