Sadie Bograd, Contributing Photographer
Just over a quarter of New Haven residents travel to work by foot, bicycle or public transit, according to the 2019 American Community Survey. That number may be about to increase, thanks to a recently approved citywide active transportation plan.
In June, New Haven released the final draft of its Safe Routes for All Citywide Active Transportation Plan , which makes dozens of recommendations to improve infrastructure for human-powered forms of transportation like walking, biking and scooting, as well to enhance the city’s public transit infrastructure. At a Board of Alders meeting on Tuesday, the alders unanimously approved the plan, bypassing a second reading and approving an application for a $5 million federal grant by September 15.
“It gives us a framework and policy recommendations that help us prioritize the areas of greatest need,” city engineer Giovanni Zinn told the News. “Having this plan in place allows us to be much more competitive for grant dollars… and provides a framework for us to be able to communicate to funders, to residents, to interested parties our plans to create a safer New Haven for all users.”
The plan’s architects hold that active transportation infrastructure has a variety of benefits. These transportation methods are essential for residents who do not own or drive a car, and they improve human health and mitigate climate change, they say. Building safer pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure helps move the city towards Vision Zero , its objective to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries by 2032. […]