The Woodbridge Bike Route crowdfunding campaign ended early because it was so successful! Residents were asked to help raise $7500 which would be matched by Sustainable CT to create an on-road bike route with a few bike racks and safety features. The campaign was scheduled to end in late April – instead it was completed by late March due to the generosity of residents.
The bike route—a five mile route linking several destinations, including Amity Regional High School, the Town Center Campus, Fitzgerald Tract, Beecher Road School, former Country Club of Woodbridge and Pease Place Playground—will be marked by signage and enhanced with bike racks and solar-powered speed awareness signs to help slow down traffic.
The project will receive a matching grant of $7500 from Sustainable CT’s Community Match Fund, which is an innovative funding resource for public, community-led sustainability projects.
This spring the Town will order the supplies for the project and will install the materials. This project follows a survey about walking and biking in Woodbridge in which many residents responded that they would like to walk or bike more but don’t feel safe doing so. The survey showed support for features such as bike lanes, sidewalks in limited areas, additional signage and safety enhancements.
“Thank you to all residents who made this campaign a success!” said First Selectman Beth Heller. “More and more residents are using our streets and walking paths during the pandemic. Bike amenities will make it safer and easier for people to get around town without a car and the signs will encourage drivers to be more mindful of others on the roads.”
Residents who donated $50 were entered in a drawing to win one of two $25 gift certificates to Thai Stories. Gift certificate winners are: Jessica Dorey and Michael Franczak. Those who donated $100 were entered in a drawing to win a full tune-up and reusable water bottle from D’Aniello’s Amity Bicycles and the winner is Theresa DeMattie. A big thank you goes out to the “major donors” who donated at the $250 level: B&B Transportation, Neil Bainton. Christopher Bartels, Thawatchai Boonyalai, Anne Boucher, Carly Brown, Matthew Curry, Rupak Datta, Beth and Allen Heller, Marc Ian Keslow, Dr. Nathan Kruger, Kristy Laydon, Amy McGonagle, Lori Paragas, Rizwan Parvez and Jeffrey Townsend.
Sustainable CT is an initiative of Eastern Connecticut State University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy that inspires, supports, and recognizes sustainability action by towns and cities statewide. The Community Match Fund — supported by the Smart Seed Fund, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the Connecticut Green Bank —provides a dollar-for-dollar match to donations raised from the community, doubling local investment in projects. Anyone can lead a project and ideas can be proposed at any time.
“Through the Community Match Fund, we aim to put residents at the forefront of creating positive, impactful change,” said Abe Hilding-Salorio, community outreach manager for Sustainable CT. “Match Fund projects are community led and community funded, demonstrating the power of people working together to make change in their communities.”
Have a great idea for a public project in your community? Contact Sustainable CT at firstname.lastname@example.org.