Hartford recognized as a bicycle friendly community

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HARTFORD -- When it comes to cruising the state's capital on two wheels, Hartford is providing a comfortable ride. The city is getting national recognition as they've received a "Bicycle Friendly Community" award from the league of American Bicyclists, a national bicycling advocacy group, giving the city a bronze level award.

Next to the four wheel lanes, you may have noticed a smaller lane--some paved green--for those getting around Hartford on bikes. Now that Hartford has become a 2016 bicycle friendly community by the league of American Bicyclists, Walter Rochefort, who's the manager at Bloomfield Bicycle and Repair shop said he always sees people looking for a healthier option to get them into work. He said many people come in looking for an electric bike to take to work.

"Some of the problems people have when they go to work is if they ride a regular bike when they get there they're all sweaty," Rochefort said.

Hartford's sweat equity is paying off, with a bronze award, acknowledging the city has its wheels spinning in the right direction.

"We're also working hard to try to develop some trails along the south branch of the Park River along the Riverfront and connecting our parks those are things that we really want to get done," said Mayor Luke Bronin.

Bronin said the goal is to connect Hartford with surrounding communities.

"If you don't have a car you can still get anywhere you need to go it's a lifestyle choice for some it's a necessity for others so it's a really important thing it's something that we're committed to doing as a city," said Mayor Bronin.