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.

Center Streets 2018 is coming! Watch for signs!

 

Center Streets 2018 is coming! Watch for signs!

Thank you to key sponsors.

Gold Sponsors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver 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

Bronze Sponsors

  • United Bank
  • Rick and MaryEllen Thibodeau
  • Connecticut Ecosystems
  • Frankel Family
  • Lifer Fitness

Celebrate West Hartford Bike Ride!

photo credit Pam Lander

 

 

 

 

 

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
Route).

Registration fee: None (but donations to Bike West Hartford, Inc. would be
appreciated).

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.

Information: info@bikewesthartford.org

 

Donate Used Bikes at New REI West Hartford for BiCiCo on Sat May 12th

Do you have a used bicycle in your basement or garage that’s ready for a new owner? Bring adult or children’s bikes to the brand-new REI West Hartford store at Corbin’s Corner shopping center,  1417 New Britain Avenue, on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 between 10am and 6pm. Your bicycle will be donated to Hartford’s community bike shop, BiCiCo.org,  which repairs and “up-cycles” bikes for people in need.
In 2017, REI West Hartford received over 70 donated bikes for BiCiCo

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

https://youtu.be/5_GJEIv8s14
BiCi Co, which merges the Spanish words “bicicleta” (bicycle) and “comunidad” (community), was created by the Center for Latino Progress in Hartford in 2015, and is located at 97 Park Street, at the crossroads of the Downtown, South Green, and Frog Hollow neighborhoods. BiCi Co hosts the Earn-A-Bike program for youth to learn bike maintenance and safety, Do-It-Yourself mechanic hours (including a bustling Women’s Only DIY Night), and recently opened a bike shop storefront. This non-profit organization welcomes volunteers and supporters to get involved in a growing and collaborative bike-friendly community. For more information, contact BiCi Co Program Manager Joe Dickerson (Joe_Dickerson@ctprf.org).
BiCiCo, Hartford’s community bike shop that repairs and “up-cycles” used bikes
Volunteers from BikeWestHartford.org will help REI staff collect bikes and transport them by rental truck to BiCiCo. To volunteer for this event, contact Jack Dougherty (jackdrty@gmail.com).