CENTER STREETS 2021

Sunday August 29th

West Hartford Center

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

 

West Hartford’s 5th open streets celebration, Center Streets,  is not to be missed! Once again the square block of streets in West Hartford Center will be closed to cars and open to bikes, pedestrians, roller blades, scooters.  A “block party on wheels” with live music by The Score from 10 – 1.  Children’s game area, sponsor tents, restaurant specials, and more. All is free!

Contact ethan@bikewesthartford.org with questions.

 

Welcome Emily Oshinskie, Communications Coordinator

Bike West Hartford is proud to welcome Emily Oshinskie as our Communications and Social Media Coordinator for Summer 2021. We’re thrilled that she’s helping us improve our outreach with members who support our organization, and to expand our publicity for the Center Streets event on Sunday August 29th, 2021.

Emily was born and raised in West Hartford, and  is a proud alumna of Morley, King Philip and Hall High School! She attended Elmira College and developed her skills as as educator and advocate. Emily discovered her calling in the bicycle advocacy community through BiCiCo in Hartford and now through Bike West Hartford. Emily is an avid cyclist, walker, hiker, and sometimes a rock climber. While she began biking as a youngster in West Hartford, her true passion for cycling arose while living in Tucson, Arizona, where bike paths are plentiful. One of Emily’s first bicycling memories was when she and her dad used to ride down to the UConn basketball championship parades in Hartford. She looks forward to sharing her ideas and enthusiasm about cycling while serving as the Communications Coordinator for Bike West Hartford in summer 2021!

Donate to MaryEllen Thibodeau Memorial

Send a tax-deductible contribution to Bike West Hartford, Inc. to help us raise $15,000 to create a permanent memorial that recognizes MaryEllen Thibodeau’s contributions to the town she loved. Use our PayPal online form below or send a check payable to Bike West Hartford, 68 South Main St, Suite 101, West Hartford CT 06107.

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MaryEllen Thibodeau was an inspiration. Organized, dedicated, tenacious. She recognized that driving everywhere was unsustainable, so she walked. She most often walked North Main Street from her home near The American School for the Deaf. Walking, riding a bike, or driving on North Main Street in West Hartford is scary, and MaryEllen wanted to do something about it. Making North Main safe became a cause and she was good at causes. Picking up and collecting debris from crashes and from truck mirrors meetings with telephone poles proved to be excellent evidence to show the dangers of the crash-plagued stretch of road. She invited Town Council members and officials to walk with her along North Main and experience what it felt and looked like when cars and trucks whizzed by a couple of feet from one’s elbow. She organized meetings and made things happen. Soon we will have a road diet which will make North Main street safer for cars, bikes, and pedestrians.

MaryEllen was involved with other causes as well. She became the first Executive Director of Bike Walk Connecticut, an advocacy organization to make biking and walking safer in CT. She was the chairperson of the West Hartford Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. She volunteered for Foot Wear with Care which provides new footwear for the homeless. MaryEllen also organized a Call To Action Group to take up causes that were important to her. She demonstrated powerfully that one person can make a difference.

Unfortunately MaryEllen is not getting a chance to see North Main Street become a safer street for all users as we lost her to cancer in November 2020. Bike West Hartford, Inc, a 501(c)(3), with help from The American School For The Deaf, and friends of MaryEllen, are planning a permanent memorial to MaryEllen adjacent to North Main Street on the ASD property. The memorial will feature a curved bench and memorial plaque set in a plaza of pavers with a backdrop of perennials.

Design for the MaryEllen Thibodeau Memorial

Center Streets Slow Roll 2020

Sunday August 30, 2020, 10:00 a.m. (meet at 9:30)

To recognize the sad cancellation of Center Streets 2020 and provide a bicycling activity for all of those who have loved Center Streets the past 4 years, we are offering Center Streets Slow Roll!

Ride or bring your bikes to the West Hartford Town Hall parking lot by the flag pole and join us for a Slow Roll bike ride. Fun for all ages, this will be a slow ride around local streets from 10: 00 a.m. until we are ready to stop slow rolling. Streets are NOT closed to cars but we expect enough people on bikes to make cars take notice and wait for us to go by. This event should be safe for all ages. Masks and helmets are required. Safe distances between riders should be observed. We hope to have hundreds of bicyclists taking over the 2 1/2 mile mostly flat route around West Hartford.  Explore the interactive route map. Slow rolls are taking place in many cities around the world. A critical mass of bikes kind of rules the road for a short time. Spread the word and join us!   Questions: email – ethan@bikewesthartford.org

slow roll route map
Explore the interactive route map

Center Streets 2020 – Sunday August 30, 2020

This is what Center Streets 2020 would have looked like. Covid-19 made Center Streets, like so many other great events in 2020, impossible.

Center Streets 2020, Bike West Hartford’s 5th annual open streets event,  is  tentatively scheduled for Sunday August 30th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in West Hartford Center.

With Covid-19 restrictions currently in place we are uncertain of where we will be at the end of August but we are hopeful that Center Streets will take place and bring many people to the streets of West Hartford Center to bike, walk, and roll through the car free Center.

Ultimately our 5th annual Center Streets was canceled but we will have Center Streets Slow Roll around West Hartford on the same day to recognize the demand for fresh air activities which allow for safe gathering.

Ride a Bike to Night Fall in Colt Park

Night Fall is a magical, free, outdoor community performance celebrating seasonal change through art, music, dance, and Anne Cubberly’s legendary giant puppets.  If you’d like to ride to this fun event,  join Bike West Hartford for a ride-in:

When:  Sat. Oct. 5, 4:15 PM
Where:  50 South Main Street, West Hartford Center.  Meet on the back side, opposite of Main Street
More Info:  mailto:ethan@bikewesthartford.org

 

Park to Park bike ride Sunday August 11

Park To Park Ten Mile Bike Ride Sunday, August 11. Meet at Fernridge Park at 9 AM. Led by members of Bike West Hartford, the ride will take approximately 1 ½ to 1 ¾ hours. Free. The route will start at Fernridge Park, then riders will head to Westmoor Park at 9:40, the former UCONN Fields Park at 10:00, Elizabeth Park at 10:15, Vanderbilt Park at 10:30 and back to Fernridge Park by 10:45am. Times are approximate.

Bike neighborhood bike routes before Celebrate West Hartford 2019

Center Streets 2019 is coming!

Center Streets 2019

Add Center Streets 2019 to your calendars!  Sunday August 25th

9:00 a.m. –  1:00 p.m.    Bike West Hartford, Inc. presents the 4th annual “block party on wheels” known as Center Streets!  A square block of streets in West Hartford Center will once again be closed to cars and open to bikes, pedestrians, scooters, etc.  Enjoy music by The Score and Righteous Continental.  Free fun for all ages. Restaurant specials and samples, spinning classes by Lifer Fitness. Dust off your bikes and head to the Center.  Don’t miss the best end of summer event.