Apr 242012

Attention bicycle riders in Bloomington-Normal!

Please consider contacting the Bloomington city council members (citycouncil@cityblm.org) to express support for the bike- and pedestrian-friendly improvements presented in the Main Street Feasibility Study. Opponents want Main Street for cars only and have been contacting city council, giving some members the impression that these improvements are not supported by the community. We need to make our voice heard!

Write the Bloomington City Council

From the McLean County Wheelers

At last night’s Bloomington City Council meeting, a feasibility study was presented to Council members for the Main Street Corridor. Normal had already accepted the report and this presentation was to seek acceptance by Bloomington. While there are some on the Council who are cyclist friendly, we need to be aware that there are efforts to remove the proposed bicycle lanes. The benefit of this study was to demonstrate that NO ADDITIONAL right-of-way needs to be obtained to incorporate bike lanes. In most case 4 lanes are reduced to 3 lanes and 3 lanes are reduced to 2 lanes. The existing lanes are narrowed to 11-12’ wide so as to encourage drivers to move at POSTED limits rather the +5 mph that seems to be average.

The study was accepted BUT with a number of disclaimers. The plan will be brought back for discussion at future Council work sessions. Comments from some Council members indicates that those opposed to bike lanes have already been talking to their Aldermen/Alderwomen or the Alderman/Alderwoman has his/her own reservations about Bike Lanes.

I would encourage you to email YOUR Alderman and let them know how you feel about the possibility of having a 6’ wide bike lane from North Normal to South Bloomington.


You can send an email to all Bloomington Aldermen at citycouncil@cityblm.org

  2 Responses to “Bicycle Riders Organize for Bike Lanes”

  1. […] Contact Bloomington Council Members, Statement from the Wheelers (posted on Vision 2020 website) Main Street Transportation Improvement Feasibility Study A presentation of the Main Street Transportation Feasibility Study was made by Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. on April 23, 2012 at the Bloomington City Council Meeting. The study was prepared for the McLean County Regional Planning Commission and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Bloomington Council Contact Information The website for the City of Bloomington has contact information for the alderpersons. You can reach all of them using the email address citycouncil@cityblm.org. […]

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