FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Weston ranked seventh in the state as the most bike and walk friendly community in Fairfield County, according to a new study released by bikewalkct.org .
Danbury fared the worst among Fairfield County towns, coming at 123rd out of 144 towns in Connecticut. The rankings of other Daily Voice communities in Fairfield County were Ridgefield at No. 14; Greenwich, No. 42; New Canaan, No. 51; Easton, No. 70; Westport, No. 82; Fairfield, No. 98; Wilton, No. 101; Redding, No. 102; Darien, No. 106; Norwalk, No. 109; and Stamford, No. 115.
The complete rankings are online .
Bike Walk Connecticut, based in Hartford, released the ranking on how bike and-walk-friendly the towns and cities are. Simsbury ranked No. 1, followed by New Haven and New Britain in the study.
“We want this project to encourage cities and towns to take a really robust approach to complete streets and being bike- and walk-friendly,’’ said Kelly Kennedy, executive director of Bike Walk Connecticut. “Being able to get around safely by bike or on foot isn’t just a fad or a health issue or environmental issue. It’s an economic development issue. Towns that are bike- and walk-friendly are great places to live, work, shop and play.”
The rankings are based on an online public opinion survey that ran this spring and was open to people who live or work in Connecticut.
According to the walkbikect.org website, rankings are based on municipal leadership and engagement efforts, citizen task forces,complete streets policies and public outreach efforts related to cycling, walking or complete streets.