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Stamford, CT | Added on August 16, 2013 At 03:24 PM

If you take a look at Stamford's streets, you'll see crosswalks, and sidewalks, but not many bike lanes. 

"Stamford is a big city, and yet we have very few bike lanes," said Michael Fedele, a Republican Stamford mayoral candidate.  

So mayoral candidate Mike Fedele and avid biker Mike Norris took a closer look at downtown Friday from two wheels.  

"It's flat.  It has a lot of great restaurants, great small businesses, but not a lot of parking and it should really be more bike friendly because I think it would benefit a lot of people," said Mike Norris, who runs and is a member of the CT Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Board.  

"Getting people out of the car, and onto bicycles or walking is not only good for our environment, and for our traffic, but is also very healthy for us," said Fedele.  

Norris is a member of the CT Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Board. The Stamford resident knows a thing or two about traveling by bike.  

"I've lost track of how many states and cities I've ridden in but I do know the difference between a city that does encourage cycling and a city that doesn't," said Norris.

So he's asked each candidate to take a one mile bike ride with him during rush hour.  This is in hopes that Stamford's next mayor will prioritize bike infrastructure. 

"I think the City of Stamford could invest in some planning, some paint, and as mayor, that's one of the things we're going to be looking at.  Putting more bike lanes in the city," said Fedele.

"I think it would be great for the city.  More bikes.  It's a healthy way to live," said Marilyn Ghant, a Stamford resident.

"People need to exercise and it's a lot of traffic going on," said Tim Simmons, a Stamford resident.

"They need their space too.  You got people on the sidewalk walking so you don't want them on the sidewalk, and the cars, there's too many cars," said Simmons.  

"Everybody's always in a rush because we are a cosmopolitan city.  I think it would just slow us down and make us realize more often that hey, we got to share the road," said Tricia Lepore, a Stamford resident.  

Norris says he's waiting to hear back from Democrats David Martin and William Tong.  

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