For years, every CT transit bus stopped twice at Common Ground’s campus — on the way up to the housing projects up the street, and on the way back down. But last year, routes changed, reducing service to Common Ground’s campus.

Each morning, Common Ground students make the choice between an extra 20 minutes on the CT Transit bus — or walking across a narrow bridge with no sidewalks,  so they can get to school on time.

Cars speed by Common Ground’s campus and around the curves of Springside Avenue, putting themselves and visitors to our campus in danger.

If our neighbors in West Rock want to walk between their homes in the Rockview and Brookside housing developments, Southern Connecticut State University, Common Ground, or Westville, they have to travel roads with no sidewalks.

Some of these problems are new. Some are older than Common Ground’s 20-year presence in the West Rock neighborhood. But they came into stark relief late last summer, when Deborah Greig — Common Ground’s farm director — was hit by a speeding car while riding her bike to work at Common Ground. Deborah is back on the job and healing — and wants to make sure others don’t face the same dangers when travelling in West Rock.

Common Ground has started conversations with the City of New Haven to get their help solving these problems. We’ve filed a Complete Streets Application to lay out short- and long-term priorities. Our high school students and their families are rallying to seek solutions. We’ve reached out to neighbors in West Rock, and learned more of their stories about accidents and close calls in our neighborhood.  And recently, we were grateful that the New Haven Independent brought some broader public attention to these challenges in our neighborhood.

We’d love your help and involvement as we build a safer, more connected neighborhood. Check out the New Haven Independent article below. And please leave a comment or get in touch using the contact information below if you’d like to be part of this effort. 

– Joel Tolman, Director of Impact & Engagement, 203.389.4333 x1214, jtolman@commongroundct.org

Bike Crash Spurs Road-Safety Quest
by Markeshia Ricks, New Haven Independent

Deborah Greig is back at work after a six-week recovery from her crash. Photo credit: New Haven Independent

West Rockers are trying to tweak the B bus’s route through their neighborhood and make their streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians — before another one gets hurt.

The latest traffic-calming ideas come from the students and staff at Common Ground High School, who for a decade have endured the difficulty of trying to get to their Springside Avenue campus by means other than a car. Their ideas were incorporated into an application the school filed with the city’s transportation department “Complete Streets” program.

Their efforts assumed a new sense of urgency after the recent injury of a staff member who bikes to work from Westville.

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