HARTFORD — Tony Cherolis, the Center for Latino Progress’ Youth Development Specialist, was awarded the 2016 Connecticut Greenways Council Award on June 3 at the James L. Goodwin Conservation Center Pavilion.
Cherolis was selected for this award for his significant contributions to the promotion, development, and enhancement of Connecticut’s Greenways.
Cherolis left his job as an engineer at Pratt & Whitney to work in youth development at the Center for Latino Progress and subsequently helped to create the BiCi Co. program. Making bicycling a large part of his life, he has not owned a car since 2010 and walks or bikes all around the city of Hartford keeping a steady eye on what’s happening and what needs to be done.
He is a member of the Safe Streets Committee in Hartford, actively involved in recent revisions to Hartford’s zoning codes, an active volunteer for cycling and safety education with Bike Walk CT, and promotes sustainable transportation through the Transport Hartford group.
BiCi Co. provides an opportunity to improve youth and adult bicycle safety, while also increasing our community’s mobility and access to jobs in the City of Hartford.
Bici is the Spanish nickname for bicicleta (bicycle) and Co. stands for comunidad (community). Located at 95-97 Park Street at the edge of downtown, BiCi Co. is a bike outlet and a safe space for bike enthusiasts and future riders.