About Us

Mission Statement

Our mission is to connect Stamford’s neighborhoods in a way that is safe and enjoyable for bicycling and walking. 

Why Safer Streets and Connectivity?

As you might know if you bike around town, Stamford is not today particularly friendly to pedestrians or people on bikes. Reasons to design safer streets and improve connectivity include safety, health and well-being, environmental protection, community building, and even neighborhood revitalization. The City has implemented a network of sharrows- reminding bicyclists and motorists to share the road- and there are bike lanes on the Urban Transitway in the South End.

Join Us

We hope to engage YOU in our effort to work with the City and expand the links for pedestrians and bikes in our transportation system. Join our mailing list or “Like” us on Facebook to join in on our next event, monthly happy hour or quarterly meeting!

People Friendly Stamford Priority Initiatives

Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan
Initiative Coordinators: Jen Godzeno, Emily Provonsha, and Jerry Silber 

Our group will encourage city residents to give input on the Bike/Ped Master Plan being put together by the City of Stamford, The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WCCG) and a consultant (tbd).

Volunteers are needed to help in the following ways:

  1. Interface with all appropriate officials to have study process begin as soon as possible 
  2. Reach out to representative community leaders like neighborhood associations, school groups and business owners to collect their ideas 
  3. Stay up to date on meetings, forums and other opportunities where we can provide input to the city and WestCOG 
  4. Encourage more inclusive, innovative types ways of giving input beyond big public meetings 
  5. Research best practices in other cities so we can bring the greatest ideas to Stamford 
Stamford Street Smart Initiative 
Initiative Coordinator: Rob Godzeno
PFS will work with the city on the Mayor’s Street Smart initiative, which aims to improve the safety of Stamford’s streets through enforcement, engineering and education.

Volunteers are needed to help in the following ways: 

  1. Encourage city officials to create a Street Smart citizen advisory board and/or offer to serve on the board if it is created 
  2. Report public safety or broken infrastructure issues using the MyStamford App, and let us know of streets or intersections that you find particularly dangerous so we can make sure the city is aware of them 
  3. Reach out to your elected officials to let them know you support the Street Smart initiative and would like sufficient funding to be allocated to make the campaign a success 
  4. Help organize or attend public events to build awareness of and support for the campaign 
  5. Engage our schools in the Safe Routes to Schools campaign 
Complete Streets 
Initiative Coordinator: Kathy Neckerman 
PFS will monitor the City's implementation of the Master Plan 2015-2025 and the Complete Streets ordinance so that these are enacted in a way that advances our mission of connecting Stamford's neighborhoods in a people friendly way. This will include coordinating testimony at meetings of the city Planning Board, Capital Budget and other relevant city meetings; monitoring and coordinating testimony regarding the developments at Stamford's transportation center; and helping to develop and monitor the Complete Streets implementation.

Volunteers are needed to help in the following ways:

  1. Monitor the city hearing calendar and identify a point person for meetings on priority issues for PFS, including coordinating testimony 
  2. Work with Board of Reps (David Kooris) to coordinate PFS participation/help develop design standards based upon other cities best practices 
  3. Coordinate with the City’s transportation department to insure Complete Streets implementation 
Events & Communication

Initiative Coordinator: Emily Provonsha

PFS’s Events and Communication committee will focus on building capacity and growing the base of PFS supporters. This may be achieved through holding public events such as organized walks or biking events geared toward all ages and abilities. Some events will be purely for fun, while others may focus on a specific cause.

Volunteers are needed to help in the following ways:

  1. Plan events 
  2. Promote/advertise events 
  3. Solicit sponsors 
  4. Participate in event logistics 
Bike Lanes

Initiative Coordinator: Jerry Silber

Work with city and state officials to create new bike lanes throughout Stamford, including the High Ridge Bike Lanes and the Mill River Greenway, and other areas that will defined by our Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan.

Volunteers are needed to help in the following ways:

  1. Willing to communicate with City officials about the importance of bike lanes 
  2. Help organize rallies to gain public support 
  3. Reach out to businesses to gain support 
Bike Parking

Initiative Coordinator: Emily Provonsha

Work with the City, neighborhood groups, and private property owners to expand bike parking throughout Stamford. Priority areas are those with high density or a concentration of retail, such as a neighborhood center, an existing bike path or recreation area, or a popular destination. When analyzing the characteristics of the area and determining location, we will also judge which type of bike parking is appropriate.

Volunteers are needed to in the following ways:

  1. Facilitate outreach to neighborhoods where there is a need and a desire for bike parking 
  2. Create a set of bike parking recommendations that take into account specific public space characteristics 
  3. Propose bike parking projects to the City, neighborhood groups and private property owners. 
Merritt Parkway Trail

Initiative Coordinators: Jerry Silber and Rob Colgan

Work with the Merritt Trail Alliance to create a base of support for a multi-use trail in the right of way on the south side of the 38 mile Merritt Parkway. Potentially support Stamford being a pilot for the trail. Work to secure Federal and state funding for the trail.

Volunteers are needed to help in the following ways:

  1. Communicate with City and State officials about importance of Trail 
  2. Obtain signatures on a petition 
  3. Reach out to potential supporters such as businesses, other non profits, schools to obtain support.