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.
Photos by Pam Lander and Bill Dillane
Center Streets 2018 is coming! Watch for signs!
Thank you to key sponsors.
- West Hartford Police
- Bloomfield Bike Shop
- Thomas Fahy Insurance Agency
- Simsbury Bank
- Watch For Me CT (CT Childrens Medical Center)
- Marcum LLP
- Scott Franklin & Associates
- United Bank
- Rick and MaryEllen Thibodeau
- Connecticut Ecosystems
- Frankel Family
- Lifer Fitness
Come Bike with Us at Celebrate West Hartford
Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018.
Time: 7:30 a.m. sharp.
Starting location: On Raymond Road in front of the police station.
Ending location: The corner of South Main Street and Burr Street.
Length of ride: 5 kilometers (same route as the Celebrate West Hartford Running
Registration fee: None (but donations to Bike West Hartford, Inc. would be
Pre-registration: None necessary.
Who may participate: Children and adults of all ages, but children 10 and under
must be accompanied by an adult.
Special rules: No tricycles and no training wheels permitted. All riders must wear
a bicycle helmet.
Last year, REI West Hartford collected over 70 donated bicycles for BiCiCo, and we need your help to surpass that amount this year. To celebrate National Bike Month, all three of Connecticut’s REI stores participate this statewide bike drive in collaboration with local community bike shops. Learn more at https://www.rei.com/events/85869/rei-bike-drive
Bike West Hartford invites all to join Bike to Work Day Hartford Celebration.
Friday May 18th, 2018 from 6:45 – 7:30 a.m. at Spot Coffee, 65 Memorial Drive, West Hartford in Blue Back Square. Just before entrance to Memorial Drive parking garage.
We will leave for The Old State House, Hartford at 7:30 a.m. for festivities there.
We hope you can join us!
Folks of all ages are invited to “take to the streets” for a care-free and car-free summer morning in West Hartford Center on Sunday August 27th from 9am to 1 p.m. This second annual family-friendly event expects to surpass last year’s estimated crowd of 2,000 participants, and will feature the West Hartford Police Department hosting a bike rodeo and free bike registration.
The town will close traffic on four roads that form a rectangular loop around the central business district: Farmington Avenue, South Main Street, Memorial Road Extension, and LaSalle Road. Ride your bicycle or scooter, or take a stroll down the street, without automobiles. Participating restaurants will offer brunch specials and free surprises, many merchants will feature discounts, and live music will be performed all morning. Children will be able to play hula-hoop, jump rope, and draw with chalk in streets closed to traffic.
“Our first year of Center Streets was beyond amazing,” recalled co-organizer Ethan Frankel. “We were thrilled with the massive turnout and everyone wearing smiles.” He was inspired by car-free summer events that have become increasingly popular in New York City and elsewhere around the globe. Residents tell co-organizer Edward Pawlak that they’re looking forward to this ‘open streets’ festival. “We would love for it to become an annual summer event, with support from the Town of West Hartford.” Center Streets is the signature community initiative of Bike West Hartford, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes bicycle-friendly policies and programs in town.
Financial support for Center Streets is being provided by many local business and residents, including Whole Foods (principal sponsor), United Bank, West Hartford Police Officer’s Association, Scott Franklin & Associates, Inc., Farmington Savings Bank, Bloomfield Bike Shop, Filomeno, Thomas Fahy Insurance, Keating Insurance, Berkshire Bank, Simsbury Bank, Connecticut Ecosystems LLC, the MDC Water Wagon, Daniel Johnson, Dan Firestone, and the Frankel Family.
Dust off your bikes, scooters, and strollers, and meet up at Center Streets!
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