Pedestrians and Cyclists to Retain Right to Use Flower Street
By Kerri Provost
October 20, 2012
In late August there was an adjudicated regulatory hearing at the Connecticut Department of Transportation headquarters to decide whether or not Flower Street could be closed to any and all traffic, on a permanent basis.
The ruling is in: Flower Street should remain open for cyclist and pedestrian use both during and after construction of the New Britain-to-Hartford busway, now known as CTfastrak.
It was determined that forcing vulnerable users onto other local streets would reduce their safety, especially since motor vehicles, around 6000 per day, would also be getting rerouted onto these already congested streets. The ruling indicated that a permanent closure of Flower Street to pedestrian and cyclist traffic would in effect further cut off Frog Hollow from Asylum Hill, harming businesses.
Reprinted with permission of Kerri Provost, author of the blog RealHartford.
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