On Wednesday, February 13, the Transportation Committee of the CT General Assembly held a hearing on a large number of proposed bills, including Proposed S.B. 775, establishing the Central Connecticut Loop Trail. Senator Norm Needleman of Portland and Senator Mary Abrams of Meriden and Cheshire are co-introducers of the bill. We are very appreciative of Senator Matt Lesser of Middletown, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield who took the initiative on this project. Readers will recall that Senator Lesser was also our main champion of our ban on commercial trapping of snapping turtles that passed last year.
We have succeeded in getting over twenty individuals to submit testimony supporting the bill. Now we are looking for more people–citizens and government officials–to submit more pieces of testimony as long as the committee is receiving it. The goal is to build support that will bring the bill to a vote in the Transportation Committee, a step that is by no means guaranteed. With a positive vote in committee, the details of the bill will be drafted. Please send even brief statements of support to (ideally but not necessarily in the form of a PDF attachment) to TRAtestimony@cga.ct.gov
The Central Connecticut Loop Trail will be a 111 mile mostly off-road bicycle route in the center of our state. The route passes through Cheshire, Southington, Plainville, Farmington, Avon, Simsbury, Bloomfield, Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester, Bolton, Andover, Columbia, Willimantic, Lebanon, Amston, Colchester, East Hampton, Portland, Middletown, and Meriden. Continue reading