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Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee

The Simsbury BPAC, formed in 2013,  is a group of local volunteers, town staff, and regional advocates who are working together to build a safe and accessible walking and biking community.   The BPAC’s efforts focus on Education, Engineering, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation, and Equity. 

 

BPAC meetings are held quarterly on the third Thursday of January, April, July and October beginning at 10 AM. Additional meetings may be scheduled, as needed.  Meetings are open to the public.  Meetings are announced by Simsbury.Bike on its website, Facebook page, and Simsbury.Bike newsletter.

 

Contributors include:  

 

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advocates

Director of Public Works & Engineering

Deputy Director of Engineering

Simsbury Police Department

Simsbury Culture, Parks & Rec

Simsbury Public Schools

Simsbury Planning & Community Devel.

Simsbury First Selectmen

Farmington Valley Trails Council

East Coast Greenway Alliance 

Farmington Valley Health District

Bicycle Cellar of Farmington Valley

Local Business Community

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CT's First Bicycle Friendly Community

In 2010, Simsbury was recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as Connecticut’s first Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC).  Simsbury has earned the reputation as a leader in Bicycle Friendly Community work in Connecticut, has received accolades from advocacy groups, and has inspired excitement in bike friendly initiatives across the state.  Several other CT communities are now recognized as BFC's at the Bronze level, like Simsbury's initial designation.  But since 2010, Simsbury has made significant bike friendly infrastructure improvements to roads and trails, and expanded bike education and encouragement programs.  In 2014, Simsbury became the first Connecticut community to earn a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists .

 

Bicycle Friendly Simsbury presentation 1/8/18  Begin at 52:00. 

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Simsbury Free Bike

Simsbury Free Bike Regional Bike Share concluded its 9th and final season in October 2019. We would like to thank all the volunteers, advocates and businesses that worked tirelessly to support this program.  The availability of trailside bicycles brought thousands of people to the Town of Simsbury over the years and showcased our trail system to residents and visitors alike.  We hope a bike share will return to Simsbury; but in the meantime, consider these options:

What is a Bicycle Friendly Community?

A community recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) welcomes bicyclists by providing encouragement and safe accommodation for all forms of cycling.  A BFC is committed to making biking a safe, enjoyable transportation option and recreational activity.

A BFC values bicycling for its many benefits, which include improving citizen’s health, well-being and quality of life; reducing traffic congestion and pollution; and boosting community spirit and sense of place. 

 

 

Through collaborations between town officials, advocates and businesses, a BFC addresses the areas of Education, Engineering, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Equity to improve conditions so that more people bike.

 

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Visit a Bicycle Friendly Business

Visit a business recognized by the League of American Bicyclists for its efforts to encourage a more welcoming atmosphere for bicycling employees, customers and the community. 

WELCOME TO SIMSBURY.BIKE

Dedicated to safer, more accessible biking and walking in Connecticut's first Bicycle-Friendly Community.

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