August 14, 2020

Deadline to Complete Old Lyme’s Walk Audit, Online ​Walk/Bike Survey, July 31

Where do you go on your bike in Old Lyme? Complete the Sustainable Old Lyme ​Walk/Bike Survey to help the Sustainable Old Lyme Committee in their work.

OLD LYME — UPDATED 7/31 — edits in red: Do you like to walk or bike around Old Lyme?

If so, the Sustainable Old Lyme Committee would like more information about how you enjoy the town while walking or bicycling.

A new feature is now available for those who like to walk on Lyme Street in the form of a paper Walk Audit, which asks about the experience of walking along Lyme Street between the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts and the Town Green (at the junction with Ferry Rd.)

The Walk Audit is available at Old Lyme Town Hall and at shops along the route — no computer required!

But if you prefer to use a computer, there are two options: the Walk Audit is available online at this link. When completed, it should be printed out and returned either to the Old Lyme Town Hall at 52 Lyme St. or The Chocolate Shell at 18 Lyme St.

The second option is an online Old Lyme ​Walk and Bike Survey, which asks more general questions about your experience walking and biking in the community. The survey is available at this link.

The committee wants to hear from everybody, but especially from those who are older or who have special needs.  The questionnaires are short (20 questions) and all questions are optional.

The survey and walk audit will be available until TODAY, July 31.

During the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen’s meeting held July 6, Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal urged as many residents as possible to complete the survey. She explained later to LymeLine.com in a phone conversation that the objective of the survey is to, “Provide evidence to help make Old Lyme more walkable and bicycle-friendly.”

For more information about Sustainable Connecticut, visit ​https://sustainablect.org.

Contact the survey organizers through that website or email them at rogerslakehealth@gmail.com​ or ​walkauditol@gmail.com​.

 

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  1. Jameson Nordberg says

    As an Old Lyme resident and avid cyclist I would honestly like to see more of an effort to provide education to town residents about Connecticut bike laws. I’ve seen too many close calls between cyclists and drivers, and just lack of general awareness about what is correct etiquette on a bicycle.(riding against traffic, riding on a sidewalk, running stop signs, etc.) and what is state law (drivers must give 3 feet passing space, cannot take a turn in front of a cyclist within 200 feet)
    Whether it’s an unaware motorist or an aggressive cyclist, a little bit of education goes a long way and helps us all stay a little safer.

    • Thomas D Gotowka says

      You are absolutely correct. I have also observed similar misbehavior(s) at the intersections of Halls Road, Lyme Street, and the on- and off-ramps for I-95. It’s a difficult turn at the best of times, and even worse when a cyclist or a motorist gives a too- liberal interpretation to a green light turning red,

  2. Another consideration is when two cyclists ride side by side instead of one behind the other. The is a regular occurrence on the back roads of Old Lyme, Lyme & Salem but especially Lyme. I typically put my emergency flashers on when passing cyclists or driving through work zones. My observation is that cyclist rarely stop for stop signs but often use correct hand signals.
    Pedestrians are at extreme risk on local roads. Tradesmen & people taking their children to Mile Creek School in the morning are habitual speeders and distracted drivers. It would be well to put a mobile speed indicator on Mile Creek Road.

    • Concerned says

      Pedestrians are at risk also due to unsafe walking on Mile Creek. You cannot safely walk two abreast with a baby carriage or 3 social walkers abreast, also on Mile Creek, Mile Creek is a country road with no sidewalks, not a road in a suburban subdivision.

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