FUN FACTS - Connecticut and Cycling


Hartford, CT: 1878 November, the first bicycles are manufactured in Hartford. These are copies of an English bicycle, the Bayliss

The League of American Wheelmen produced the first Connecticut roads book in 1886.

New Haven, CT: New Haven is home to the first and only American patent of a pedal-driven bicycle. Pierre Lallement, a French immigrant who is credited with inventing the modern bicycle in 1865, earned a patent in 1866. He celebrated by riding his bicycle to New Haven, where the official paperwork for his patent was filed. The people who took to Lallement’s creation were first known as “wheelmen,” not bicyclists.

Yale University is the first “Bicycle Friendly University” in Connecticut. The League of American Bicyclists has awarded Yale a spot on its list of Bicycle Friendly Universities in 2012. 44 other Universites are on the national list.

Bike New Haven

Saybrook, CT: a travel writer passing through Saybrook, Connecticut, in 1902 noted of that community: "An odd thing about the town, and one that rather offset its sentiment of antiquity, was the omnipresence of bicycles. Everybody, old and young, male and female, rode this thoroughly modern contrivance. Pedestrianism had apparently gone out of fashion, and I got the idea that the children learned to ride a wheel before they began to walk."

Simsbury, CT: Simsbury was Connecticut’s first town to be designated a bicycle friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists. Borrow a Bike and Ride the Greenway is Simsbury's bike-share program with six over cycle centers townwide.

Bike Walk Simsbury


Mystic, CT: Also offers a nonprofit, bicycle-sharing program for residents and visitors touring Mystic during the summers on donated, reconditioned bikes.