May
6
6:00 PM18:00

Know How to 'Go Norfolk' - Regional Transportation Options

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This presentation will provide information to promote awareness, education and access to public and para-transit transportation options in the area and additional reduced cost/subsidized rides for seniors, veterans and people with disabilities.

An introduction of additional transportation related programs and reduced fare applications for individuals travelling outside of their immediate areas as well, i.e. residents of Norfolk who may be interested in travelling using public or para-transit services in neighboring towns with additional transportation options, like Winchester, Torrington, Litchfield, etc.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

Anyone wishing to learn about transportation in and around Norfolk is welcome to attend. Our target audience is seniors, veterans and persons with disabilities. This audience is especially important to attend so we may make them aware of and assist them in staying connected to their communities by matching them to necessary transportation options. Individuals contemplating giving up their drivers’ licenses and or personal vehicles may find this helpful as well. We also encourage medical office/hospital and social services staff to attend.

ABOUT APRIL CHAPLIN

April Chaplin, MSHS, Kennedy Center, Northwest Regional Mobility Manager, c/o Western CT Area Agency on Aging (WCAAA)I joined the Kennedy Center 5 years ago. This is her third position or second promotion within. She has held the Northwest Regional Mobility Manager/Ombudswoman position happily for one and one half years. Prior to joining the Kennedy Center Ms. Chaplin worked in property management, education, construction, manufacturing, insurance, sales and human resources roles, having worked for such companies as BIC Corporation, Stevenson Lumber, General DataComm, FirstPlus Financial, Nash Engineering, CT Junior Republic and Region 16 CT Schools.

Ms. Chaplin earned my BS in Psychology and my MS in Human Services from Post University with high honors and special inductions and served her undergrad internship at Laurel Ledge Elementary School Special Education Department in Beacon Falls with a master’s internship in the Loan Office/Grants Department at United Way of Greater Waterbury.

ABOUT CT DOT AND THE KENNEDY CENTER, INC.’S MOBILITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

We offer Travel Training, Para-transit 101 and P.A.S.S. –Passenger Assistance Safety & Sensitivity Training.

Travel Training is a FREE program designed to teach these populations how to use public transportation (so long as it exists between their chosen place of origin and destination), travelling with a Travel Trainer as many times as it takes until the individual can use public transportation safely and independently.

Paratransit 101 and PASS are Kennedy Center offerings more suited for transit districts, drivers and dispatchers of transportation agencies, i.e. Transit Districts and other transportation  programs, like Senior Centers and volunteer agencies like FISH (Friends In Service Here).

Advocacy is another BIG part. Mobility Managers such as me (4 other like myself within CT) work with riders, transit districts and the CT Department of Transportation in solving all issues transportation-related. We are Ombudsmen for transportation as well.

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May
20
6:00 PM18:00

Electric Assist Bicycles - An Introduction

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Advances in battery technology are driving very exciting trends in ‘everything powered’ 

...and bicycles are proving to be perfect recipients for an e-assist. E-bikes are already vastly popular in Europe and that popularity is poised to spread to the US.

Norfolk resident West Lowe and a spokesperson from Berkshire Bike and Board will introduce the exciting and diverse development of e-bikes and provide insight on their engineering, their legality, and their applications. E-bikes will be available to ride and current owners will be present to give testimony.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

All those who can straddle a bicycle, are intrigued by ‘greener’ modes of transportation, or just want to tame the hills of our Berkshires are welcome. Bring your helmet and be prepared to smile!

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