If you are one of the many local residents who uses this route while cycling from Bridgeport to any points east of Downtown New Haven, you may be concerned about the Tomlinson Bridge rail crossing. Apparently, cyclists are literally falling and being injured almost every day on the tracks, which cross the road at a 30 degree angle with no warning. Enlarge the photo here to see exactly how crappy the situation is.
The bridge was built a few years ago, is the only crossing from Downtown New Haven to points east -- and it seems only a matter of time before a cyclist dies here. Over 20 serious injuries have been documented by New Haven's pedestrian and bicycle activists, but since most cyclists here are residents from the surrounding Latino neighborhoods in East Haven and New Haven and might not be likely to report injuries, the actual number is probably much higher.
http://www.seeclickfix.com/issues/1300 has a constantly-updated summary that we've enjoyed following along, with many images, a somewhat graphic video of a cyclist falling over and getting injured on the tracks during a group ride, and over 200 comments detailing how advocates are trying to address the issue.
Looks like the cyclist fell even though people were yelling to the crowd to be careful. The video post says :
Cyclist takes a spill on the railroad tracks on the eastern approach to the Tomlinson Bridge on Forbes Ave/Route 1 during a Critical Mass ride in New Haven, Conn. on 09/25/2009. Despite the protests of hundreds of local residents, ConnDOT has taken no action to make the crossing safe for cyclists, other than to post a sign of a toppling cyclist next to the east-bound lane of the bridge.
You can file complaints directly with ConnDOT at http://www.dotdata.ct.gov/contacts/contact.aspx. Or call Governor Rell's office in Hartford - 800-406-1527.
Speaking of SeeClickFix, the Hartford Courant has a nice op-ed today about why citizens should be allowed to report neighborhood concerns anonymously, and why some towns' efforts to stop that won't work.