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When You Ride in New London and State of CT:

--==--==-- STATE LAWS & RULES OF THE ROAD --==--==--

A new law in CT requires all motorists to maintain a safe passing distance from all other
users of the road. This means "THREE FEET" as defined in the new ordinance, which
went into effect at the end of 2008. The state DOT set up this excellent website to
remind cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists of the new law. When you're driving, always
leave 3 feet minimum safe passing distance. This law came into effect in this state due
almost entirely to the advocacy work of various cycling organizations in the state. Now,
CT is in line with the recommendations set forth by the federal NHTSA for bicycle safety.

Share The Road CT Website

Bike Rack Locations in New London

Public bicycle racks are available at the following locations:

Union Station
Water Street Parking Garage (near Water St. entrance)
City Hall (near Masonic St.)
Fort Trumbull State Park
Ocean Beach Park
Tourist Information Station (Municipal Parking Lots)
Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
Connecticut College Campus
Connecticut College Arboretum (Williams St.)
Bean & Leaf Coffee House (Washington St.)

To include other locations, please email BIKE NEW LONDON at:

Bikeable Routes in and out of New London

Road maps only go so far getting you in and out of a location. When you're on two
wheels and pedal power, your options for access are more limited than when driving.
Online map services usually ignore the issue of bicycle access. One good resource
for getting around in the State of CT is the Dept. of Transportation bicycle route
map. The DOT makes recommendations for preferred routes, as well as those to be

Connecticut DOT Interactive Bicycle Map

Here is the old map from 2002, so is not completely up to date on current conditions or road improvements.
Some prefer the different printable format.

Connecticut DOT State Bicycle Map

Some specific items to note: access to Downtown New London from the I-95 (Gold Star)
bridge access at Bailey Circle & Williams Street, on the DOT map indicates
that cyclists should ride through State Pier Road, Eugene O Neill Drive, and Water St.
BIKE NEW LONDON does not recommend these routes for cyclists. Instead,
take Williams St to Huntington Street, and follow Huntington St. to State St. for
access to Downtown. Please note, Huntington St. is also a busy route, but with much
wider shoulders and slower traffic compared to Water St and Eugene O Neill Drive.
Exercise caution on Huntington St near Williams, as there is occasional heavy traffic
entering and exiting I-95 here.

The CT DOT is in the process of updating the bicycling maps for the state this year.
The new map is not printed yet but can be viewed here: 2009 Map Front
and here: 2009 Map back.
Note these are rather large files and take a minute to download even with a fast connection.

See our Maps and Routes page here.

For commuters or tourists entering New London from the North: Route 32 is a heavily
traveled state highway. It is two lanes each direction of high speed traffic. Even
broad shoulders, it is still a challenge for even experienced cyclists. Use extreme
caution on this route, and consider using the parallel Old Norwich Road for some of
your ride north of the city. Old Norwich Road is the same route as Williams St. and
this route does provide access to Conn College, the Arboretum, Lyman Allyn Museum, as
well as the Quaker Hill section of Waterford. This route has challenges to the cyclist
as well- the road is narrow with essentially no shoulder, has some poor pavement,
some steep hills, and is poorly lit at night. Cyclists may prefer this route simply
because of the slower pace of traffic and country setting.

From the west: Main routes into New London include Route 85 (Broad St.), Route 1
(Bank St.) and Route 213 (Niles Hill Rd./Ocean Avenue). Riders may also enter the
city from Glenwood Ave. or Highland Ave. near Ocean Beach, Chester St near NL High
School, and Vauxhall St or Bayonet St. in the north end of town. All of these streets
enter from the town of Waterford. All are bikeable routes, though Broad St. and
Bank St. both are subject to heavy, daily traffic. Plan your route to avoid these
areas particularly during rush hour periods, and use extra caution if you must ride
through Route 1 or Route 85.

Access to New London by boat, bus, or train: Since New London is the region's
transportation hub, many forms of transportation come together at State St, City Pier,
and Water Street. In this one location, you have access to Amtrak passenger rail and
Acela High Speed rail service, Metro North commuter trains, SEAT regional and Greyhound
bus lines, taxi service, and ferry service to Block Island, RI, Fishers Island, NY, and
Long Island, NY. Few locations in the world have so many transportation options in a
such close proximity.

Most of these services will allow you to carry your bicycle on board, some for an extra
fee. The station platforms for bus and train are on opposite sides of Union Station.
The Long Island and Block Island ferries can be accessed through the City Pier plaza
behind Union Station. The Fishers Island ferry terminal entrance is directly across
the train tracks from Union Station next to City Pier. All of these companies can be easily
reached by bicycle by following State St. downhill to its end. Cyclists leaving the
Union Station and ferry dock properties can easily walk up the sidewalk to State and
Bank St, or return to downtown along South Water St. (parallel to the train tracks).
A large public map and guide is installed at the entrance to City Pier, just behind
Union Station, to help visitors locate local streets or businesses.


Starting in 2010, Bike New London will be offering an innovative new service to commuters,
visitors, tourists, and local residents. BIKE SHARE NEW LONDON will allow people to
use a bicycle for the day and return it when done, for no cost. This program is modeled
after a similar successful program currently running in Mystic, CT: BIKE SHARE MYSTIC.
A deposit is required to borrow a bicycle, and is returned when the bike is dropped off.
This service will be available at designated locations around the city. Click here for
more information: BIKE SHARE NEW LONDON.

Riding at Night

Nighttime, dawn or dusk can be dangerous times for a cyclist. A dedicated rider will at
some point find him or herself riding in the dark. Be prepared for this. Motorists who have
had accidents with pedestrians and bicycles almost always say the same thing: "I never saw them."
BE VISIBLE! Wear bright reflective clothes. A safety colored jacket or riding jersey, gloves,
pants, and shoes with reflective tape, bright markings on a backpack if you wear one, all will
help others see you and prevent that accident. Likewise, your bike needs proper reflectors if
you will be riding at night. Removing them to save weight or look cool is fine, but it's not
smart to ride that bike at night. Some new tires are available with "reflectorline" sidewalls
that are very eye catching, a great safety benefit for the bike commuter. Lighting is also
a must for night riding. New London police require a headlight of some sort on any bike ridden
after dusk. A taillight is a big benefit as well for riders as it makes the rider much more
visible to traffic from behind. Small LED lights are now available that can clip to clothing,
or mount on a backpack, providing more safety for the rider. Last, if you are riding at night,
and must stop, move completely off the road surface. A bicycle on the side of the road is all
but impossible for motorists to see until it is too late.

Employer Commuter Tax Credit

New Federal tax guidelines provide for compensation for public transportation to work,
as well as a credit for bicycling-related expenses. Check with your employer to find out
if this can apply to you. The intent of the legislation is to encourage more Americans to
bicycle to work.




Contact Rob for more info (860) 912 6882.


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