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Weston Shuts Down School Road for Bike Event

WESTON, Conn. – Louise Hastings runs and walks more than 20 miles each week. The Weston resident believes that runners, walkers, bicyclists and drivers need to be educated about road safety and develop a mutual respect for each other.

"Weston is very hilly and curvy – there are a lot of blind spots," said Hastings.

Weston's Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee, of which Hastings is a member, is hosting an event for bicyclists and pedestrians on Sunday, Aug. 28, called the Big Bike/Ped Event. School Road will be shut down from noon to 4 p.m. so bicyclists, runners, walkers and scooter riders can zoom around without worrying about cars or trucks.

"We're trying to promote Weston and bring the town together," said Hastings. "And get people out and exercising."

So bring your best running shoes, bicycles, helmets and picnic for this rain-or-shine event. No pets will be allowed, and the school's no skateboarding policy will still be enforced. Some rules Hastings hopes to inform Westonites about are: Bicyclists should ride with traffic and with a helmet on, ride single-file when there are cars, and walkers and runners should move toward traffic.

For more information, contact Louise Hastings, Big Bike/Ped Event director, at or Ray Rauth, chair of the Weston Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee, at .

Do you think Weston's roads are safe for pedestrians? Where is your favorite place to exercise? Leave your comments below.

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