We all share the responsibility to keep our roadways safe. To save lives, we have to watch out for each other!

Each year, about 1,500 pedestrians and 550 bicyclists are hit by cars on Connecticut roadways, leading to serious injuries and fatalities. Watch for Me CT is a statewide campaign aimed at reducing those numbers through awareness, education, and enforcement.

The program began in 2017 in response to a one-week period in December 2016 with 9 serious crashes involving pedestrians, resulting in 8 fatalities. It is spearheaded by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) and Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center.

Watch for Me CT increases the overall visibility of pedestrian and bicyclist safety issues through public service messages and community engagement efforts such as special events, sponsorships and partnerships. The program also provides educational materials to leaders such as government staff, pedestrian and bicycle advocates, city planners, law enforcement agencies, engineers, public health professionals, the media, influencers, elected officials, parents, and educators.

Use this site to learn how to be a safer driver, bicyclist, and pedestrian. And please help us spread the message by downloading and/or sharing the resources with your peers, company, family, class, etc.

SERVICES

Walk audits

Watch for Me CT can lead a group of advocates, community leaders, and others through an assessment of the walkability, safety, and accessibility of an area of your town.

Tabling at events

We can provide a table of information for health and safety fairs, community events, bike rodeos, open streets, and other events.


PRESENTATIONS

Watch for Me CT is available to give talks to groups of 5 or more. Past presentations have been made to driving schools, Rotary Clubs, classrooms ages K-2, disability groups, parks and rec departments, and others.

Panels and summits include the Governor’s Highway Safety Association’s Annual Meeting, Bike Walk CT’s Annual Summit, the Hartford Multi-Modal Transit Summit, and distracted driving conferences and panels.

Click here to learn more about our community safety events.

There are no charges for the services of Watch for Me CT.

To request services, please contact Amy Watkins.

Topics include:

Driving safely around bicyclists and pedestrians

Laws and basic best practices for bicycling safely

Basic bicycle and pedestrian safety for children

Pedestrian safety for the disabled (blind, deaf, and mobility impaired)

Safe trail usage and trail etiquette

Distracted driving

Runner/walker safety

Other related topics as requested


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EVENTS

  • Jun052021

    Farmington Valley Trails Council National Trails Day Ride

    In conjunction with National Trails Day, the Farmington Valley Trails Council (FVTC) will hold a bicycle ride on Saturday, June 5th. This event helps to promote public awareness of the rails-to-trails initiative in the Farmington Valley, attracting new and existing fans of the multi-use trail system.

    This family-oriented event is designed for trail users of all abilities, and is fully supported until 12:30 pm.

    Will offer: 15 mile ride, 20 mile ride and 30 mile “loop” ride

    Start/end at the trail parking lot on Thompson Road, Avon.

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  • Jun052021

    Connecticut Trails Day 2021

    Connecticut Trails Day 2021 – June 5 & 6, Trails Day is a two-day national event on the first weekend in June every year. It is a great time to pay tribute to all the wonderful trails our country has to offer.

    Trails Day is a two-day national event on the first weekend in June every year. It is a great time to pay tribute to all the wonderful trails our country has to offer. Trails and open spaces have become the places to escape to and enjoy when we need fresh air, a place to be inspired and to connect with our natural world.

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  • May172021

    Bike to Work Week 2021

    May is Bike Month!

    Bike to Work Week 2021 will take place May 17-23, with Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 21.

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