Jennifer Tran

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The city of Hartford lags behind other mid-sized, post-industrial, Northeast cities in the U.S. in biking infrastructure and demand for biking. Since many low-income people without cars must rely on the inefficient bus system and walking, biking can become an alternative option that better mobilizes them to access key institutions such as jobs, education, and healthcare. With a high number of low-income peoples and immigrant groups, Hartford has the potential to expand its demand for biking past many cities. The city of Hartford faces major obstacles that prevents it from developing the most comprehensive biking infrastructure, but with partnerships with the biking community and the use of different strategies to incorporate bike lanes, the city of Hartford can overcome the obstacles. In order to alleviate financial costs, the city of Hartford should aim to focus on the bike lanes that currently exist in the city and develop bike lanes on less busy streets as supposed to main streets. The city of Hartford can consolidate and share resources by partnering with biking community organizations such as individual bike advocates and bicycle co-ops. These individuals and groups have already established programs that connect low-income peoples and immigrants to biking and would highly benefit from the exposure of a partnership with the city of Hartford.


Community Partner: Department of Development Services, City of Hartford