Bike lane would connect Waveny to Darien beaches
NEW CANAAN — Many cyclists already ride from Waveny Park to beaches in Darien but an official bike lane established by both towns could make that route safer, officials say.
New Canaan officials at a town council meeting last Wednesday brought up a recent conversation between First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson to establish a town-to-town bike lane.
“(Stevenson and Moynihan) discussed that Darien has these great beaches and one is allowed to ride a bike into those beaches,” John Engel, town council chairman, said. “We have several great assets that Darien people would like to bike to like the Glass House or Waveny in particular.”
Engel added that town officials could work alongside their Darien counterparts to take this initiative forward.
“We would have to make sure (the bike lane is) safe,” Engel said. “This is bike season and I think it’s a good idea to see what the cost and the appetite for that is.”
Moynihan was in favor of the idea but also cited costs to paint the bike lanes and how that would be carried out between the two towns.
“It’s a great idea,” Moynihan said. “But we need time to think about it and implement it.”
Al Drewes, a Darien resident and member of Fairfield County’s largest bike group, Sound Cyclists, said that many cyclists actively ride down Lapham Road and Hollow Tree Ridge Road, a route from Waveny to the beaches in Darien.
“There are cyclists at all hours of the day (on this route) and a bike lane would make it safer,” Drewes said when asked about his thoughts on the possible plans between the towns.
Drewes added that while a bike lane could make the ride safer for cyclists, potholes were also an issue on Lapham and Hollow Tree Ridge roads.
Though in the early stages, Stevenson said that the idea for a bike lane between the towns had been previously mentioned.
“I’ve had many requests over the years for bike lanes/routes in Darien...Why not designate some bike routes for our citizens to be able to enjoy each other’s towns by bike,” Stevenson said.
Stevenson said that while she was in the early stages of talks with New Canaan officials, people aware of the idea were excited.
“This would add one more nice and cost free ‘amenity’ to our towns and show some inter-town collaboration,” Stevenson said.