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Farmington Canal Heritage Trail & Farmington River Trail

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Pandemic Boosts Canal Trail Use

Published Date: 4/20/2020


Use of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail has more than doubled in Hamden and risen more than 50 percent in New Haven in the Covid-19 pandemic, with regulars strolling or biking more and newcomers like Richard Maduka (pictured) discovering the path for the first time.

The statistics, comparing March 2019 with March 2020 figures, are contained in a report on the statewide usage of the trails issued by the Connecticut Trail Census, a group operating out of the University of Connecticut.

The lion’s share of the new users hopped on for a bike ride or a jog or a six-foot-apart stroll after March 20, when the state stay-at-home mandate went into effect amid the spread of Covid-19.

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