Bicycle Friendly Farmington Hosts Inaugural Ride on New, Multi-Community “Batterson Park Loop”
Town Officials and Bicyclists from New Britain and Farmington Cut Ribbon and Take First Ride on Newly-Designated 3.5-Mile Bicycle Route
Bicycle Friendly Farmington, Inc. (BFF), a volunteer community organization operating in Farmington, CT, will host a group bicycle ride and ribbon-cutting ceremony on a newly-designated bicycle route that encircles Batterson Park on the border of the Towns of Farmington and New Britain, CT.
The festivities will begin at 11:00 AM ET on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at the Batterson Park parking lot on the northwest side of the Park, near the intersection of 2 Mile Road and Batterson Park Road. The event will include remarks by town representatives from New Britain and Farmington, a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the towns’ border to officially open the Batterson Park Loop, and a group ride of the entire 3.5 mile route.
All those interested in supporting bicycle-friendly activities in these towns are encouraged to attend and participate in the group ride of this new route.
The Batterson Park Loop is believed to be one of the first exclusively on-road multi-community bike routes in the State of Connecticut. The route is marked by roadside signage as well as by “sharrows” — shared-lane markings painted on the streets and roads of the loop to increase awareness of the bikeway and to encourage motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists alike to responsibly share the road.
The Towns of New Britain and Farmington worked jointly to create the Batterson Park Loop to increase opportunities for safe bicycling in their towns. The new bike route is being inaugurated in honor of National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast in the month of May. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.
C.J. Thomas, member of the Town of Farmington’s Bicycle Advisory Committee and the originator of the idea for the bike route at Batterson Park, commented, “This new Batterson Park Loop has only come about because of the cooperation of two great communities that are committed to increasing opportunities for safe bicycling in their towns.” Thomas added, “This project also demonstrates what can be accomplished through local initiatives that support bicycling for recreational and commuting purposes.”
In May 2014, the Town of Farmington received “Bicycle Friendly Community (Bronze)” status from the League of American Bicyclists, one just one four communities in the state to currently hold Bicycle Friendly Community status. The Town Council of Farmington established its Bicycle Advisory Committee in 2012 to further encourage bicycling in the town.
Bike-Walk Connecticut and the Connecticut Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board have both recognized the Town of New Britain for their bicycle friendly community efforts. The Town of New Britain was named as the stand-out community by Bike-Walk Connecticut at their annual dinner in November of 2013.
About the Batterson Park Loop
The Batterson Park Loop was created by the joint efforts of the Towns of New Britain and Farmington, CT.
The loop can be reached from many local streets near Batterson Park and A.W. Stanley Park. Starting from the parking lot at the swimming beach on the northwest side of the Park, proceed east on Batterson Park Road following the painted “sharrows.” Continue as the road enters New Britain and turns to the south, becoming Stanley Street. Turn west (right) on Alexander Street and follow to the intersection of Fienemann Road. Turn northwest (right) on Fienemann Road, and then turn north (right) on Batterson Park Road. Continue on Batterson Park Road to return to the parking lot. The entire loop is 3.5 miles in length.