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- What is the schedule for 9/24 Moving Connecticut?
- What can I do to help?
- How do I get to the New Haven Green?
- What if I don’t have a bike?
- Can I bring my bike on the train?
- Where do I park my bike?
- Where do I park my car?
- What if I have a problem with my bike?
- Will there be food at Moving Connecticut?
- Why does it make sense for me to burn gas and travel across the state for a climate rally?
Great question! See the full schedule here.
We could use your time and talents for lots of things — putting up fliers, website maintenance, reaching out to groups, or the community organizing that’s the core of what we do. The best way to get involved is to shoot us an email, but feel free to start posting fliers, too!
If you bike, please observe the rules of the road. For a review
check out the Smart Cycling Handbook for the City of New Haven.
Don’t have a bike? No problem! You don’t need a bike to participate in Moving Connecticut. Come to the New Haven Green by foot, skateboard, bus, train, or carpool for music, speakers, an environmental fair, and a screening of the movie Wall-E.
Bicycles are allowed aboard MNR trains at most times outside of rush hour and major holidays. See the Metro-North Railroad bike pages for details. MNR has made a special allowance for Moving Connecticut:
Quantity limits on bicycles and bicycle permit requirements will be waived on trains #6534 (2:07 PM Grand Central departure to New Haven) and #6569 (10:10 PM New Haven departure to Grand Central).
For all other trains, please keep in mind the following MNR regulations:
- A $5 lifetime MNR Bicycle Permit is required. Permits may be purchased at ticket booths, on board trains, and by mail.
- On weekends, a maximum of eight bicycles per train is allowed. Special weekend “bicycle trains” can accommodate more than eight bicycles; these trains are indicated on the published timetables.
- Folding bicycles are allowed on board trains at all times and do not require a permit. Please fold your bike before boarding and don’t block the aisle or doors.
- Cyclists traveling together in groups of ten or more must contact Metro-North at 212-499-4398.
Bike racks will provided by Urban Miners on the Green near the flag pole.
Metered parking is available on all streets surrounding the New Haven Green. The City of New Haven also has numerous parking lots. A limited number of free parking spaces will also be available in Yale parking lots.
Free air for tires will be provided on the Green by Devil’s Gear Bike Shop. If you need serious bike repair, there are two bike repair shops within walking distance of the Green: Devil’s Gear Bike Shop (151 Orange Street) and College Street Cycles (252 College Street).
There will not be any food vendors on the New Haven Green for Moving Connecticut. Pack a picnic or try one of these local and sustainable restaurants near the Green: Red Lentil, Miya’s Sushi, or Blue State Coffee.
That’s a great concern. But there’s another angle to consider, though, which has to do not with individual carbon emissions for the day but the importance of fighting carbon emissions in the halls of power for years to come.
As national politics gets more and more polarized and less and less functional, the will of the grassroots movement is being trampled by the will of industries with money. They’re winning in part because, while our grassroots movement is broad, we have not yet shown that we’re organized enough to come together, get attention in the mainstream media and make a compelling case for the future we see beyond fossil fuels. To do that, I think we’ve got to make careful decisions about how we proceed, but in some cases it may mean emitting more carbon one day to stop tons and tons of carbon down the road.
The concern is a great one — one that we’ve heard voiced around the world. As you decide how you’d like to be involved on 9/24, please know that many communities and many people along with hundreds of NGO’s locally and worldwide have made the decision that on 9/24 it’s more important to bring together as many people as possible and show our leaders that we’re serious. It’s not an unambiguous decision, but one that 350.org, MoveOn, Greenpeace, Oxfam, Transition US and many others support.