State doles out $12.4M in bicycle safety grants

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Connecticut is spending more than $12 million to make bicycling and walking safer, more fun and more accessible around the state.

The $12.4 million grants announced Friday by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and administered by the state Transportation Department will be shared by 40 communities.

The program seeks to make bicycling and walking conditions safer, thus encouraging more people to use healthy and environmentally sustainable modes of travel.

Malloy says the grants are vital if Connecticut wants “thriving towns where families want to live, businesses can flourish, and communities succeed.”

The grants were awarded on a competitive basis based on applications submitted by municipalities to the state. They range from $75,000 to $400,000.

Danbury, Old Lyme, South Windsor, Stamford, Trumbull and Wallingford all got the maximum grant.

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