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Bike Walk CT Weighs In on DEEP Energy Strategy

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Bike Walk CT weighs in on transportation component of DEEP Comprehensive Energy Strategy

Bike Walk CT weighs in on transportation component of DEEP Comprehensive Energy Strategy

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  • 1. November 14, 2012 Daniel C. Esty, Commissioner Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection 79 Elm Street Hartford, CT 06106-5127 Dear Commissioner Esty:BOARD OF DIRECTORS As advocates for bikeable, walkable communities across Connecticut, Bike Walk Connecticut is pleased to have the opportunity to comment on the transportationOFFICERS component of DEEP’s Draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy.MaryEllen Thibodeau The data put forward throughout the Transportation Sector Strategy makes a strongPresident case for the significant role that truly bikeable, walkable communities would play in reducing vehicle miles traveled (VMTs), thus reducing the energy demands forMark Paquette transportation and the greenhouse gases associated with it. Although outside the scopeVice President of the energy strategy document, we believe the economic and public health benefits to bikeable, walkable communities are also significant.Sandy FryCorporate Secretary We support DEEP’s recommendation 3 to Facilitate Transit-Oriented Development to Increase Mobility and Create More Livable Communities (page 177). As the specificBeverly Hughes implementation steps for that recommendation become fleshed out, we urge DEEP toRecording Secretary incorporate the following:Ken Livingston  Robust implementation of Connecticut’s Complete Streets statutes (Conn. Pub.Treasurer Acts 09-154 and Conn. Gen. Stat. Secs. 13a-153f and 13b-13a); the Share the Road campaign (Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. CGS 14-232(13)(a)); and theAnne I. Hayes recommendations of the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Board, which will makePast President “active transportation” options safer and more feasible, thereby making it easier for people to reduce their VMTs;DIRECTORS  Strong coordination with other state agencies where their work overlaps and supports the goals of this Comprehensive Energy Strategy, such as with DOT,Chris Brown OPM, DECD, and Public Health;Richard Durishin  Employer incentives for bike to work programs; andGerry LaFleur  A “Lead by Example” approach throughout state government, wherein offices in the executive, legislative and judicial branches promote and facilitate a bike toTom O’Brien work program and work toward Bicycle Friendly Business accreditation, which toMartha Page its great credit, DEEP has attained. (Congratulations!) We look forward to working with you to help bring this strategy to fruition.Stuart Popper Sincerely,Luis RiveraEmily Wolfe Kelly Kennedy, Executive DirectorEXECUTIVE DIRECTORKelly Kennedy Bike Walk Connecticut Bike Walk Connecticut PO Box 270149, West Hartford, CT 06127-0149 | 860.904.2420 | bikewalkct@bikewalkct.org | www.bikewalkct.org

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