Jun 092017


Strong Opposition Mounting Against Bike Lanes Through Downtown Bloomington!
This is a big deal.

About three years ago, you asked us to get bike lanes on Washington Street. You wanted to be able to ride from Downtown to State Farm Corporate, OSF St. Joseph, and Eastland Mall, without having to dodge parked cars on Grove Street or take your life in your hands on a wild-west Washington.

So we’ve spent the last three years working with the City of Bloomington to come up with a plan that balances the needs of the people who drive on Washington with the important safety considerations of people who need to bike and walk there. City staff likes the proposal – enough that they’ve put it on the agenda for the Planning Commission to vote on adding it to the Bike Master Plan next Wednesday.

But we’ve got a problem.

There are people – very loud people – who are fighting pretty hard to stop this from happening.

So here’s how you can help.

There are two more meetings where you can express your support for bike lanes on Washington: Tuesday, June 13, from 4-6pm at the McLean County Museum of History [map it], and 4pm on Wednesday, June 14, at the Planning Commission public hearing at City Hall [map it]. And if you can’t make it to either of those, just send an email to jkarch@cityblm.orgmhill@cityblm.org, and michael@bikeblono.org to weigh in.

All of the written comments – whether they’re received at the public meetings or via email – will be tabulated and included in the documentation for the final vote. And we really want to be sure that the number of people who submit comments in favor of the proposal outweigh the naysayers.

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This is what we’re up against. 

Never mind that the bike lanes will improve safety, or that the traffic volume is roughly half of where traffic engineers would start worrying about congestion, or that we’re only talking about the cost of paint – a drop in the bucket of the city’s budget. This person feels that it’ll be a problem – and they’ve turned their feelings into a catchy giant yard sign and circulated a petition among their neighbors opposing the bike lane.

Learn the facts. 

We wrote up a great big blog post with all the details about our proposal, which eventually would involve bike lanes on Washington pretty much all the way from Veterans through Downtown to the West Side. Take a few minutes to read all about the changes we’re suggesting.

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