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Going Green: Bloomington Council OK's Move Ahead With More Bike Trails

BLOOMINGTON - Bicyclists had a reason to celebrate at Bloomington’s city council meeting Monday night.

  BLOOMINGTON - Bicyclists had a reason to celebrate at Bloomington’s city council meeting Monday night.

Council members unanimously passed a resolution to move ahead with more bike trails through Bloomington. The new trails would be designed to connect constitution trail to the downtown area,

It will also convert some lanes in the downtown area into "sharrows,” which allows bikes and cars to share the roads more effectively.

"I think it's a great idea. The community has been asking for us to get involved with bikes and making sure that we're able to accommodate bikers and if you're ever on the trail here in town, it's always crowded, people are out and about. So, this is a good way to accommodate the cyclists,” said Scott Black, a city council member.

The first phase focuses on Prairie and Front streets. Planners say they'd like to start work on signs and markings before the year ends.

“There are a lot of bikers who like using facilities not just for recreation but also for mobility,” said Public Works Director Jim Karch. “To get to work, to get to where you need to be, to shop…there's a lot of economic drivers that come along with bike routes."

Also on Monday night, Bloomington's new police chief Brendan Heffner was officially sworn in, and council approved a measure that will pay $1 million for its portion of a sewer project in the Grove subdivision, on the east side of town.


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