Bloomington to connect trail through on-street routes

By Chad Weber

Bloomington to connect trail through on-street routes

October 14, 2013 Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 9:52 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The city of Bloomington is set to become a more bike friendly community.

Monday night, council members unanimously passed a measure making bike travel more accessible on city streets.

Both Constitution Trail and Illinois Wesleyan University will be connected to the downtown area through on-street routes.

The majority of the plans include designating shared lanes for both bikes and cars.

Bike advocate groups in the area says it's a win-win decision.

"It's safer for bicyclists moving from place to place," said Bike BloNo member Kevin Suess. "I think also it's really important for the downtown area. For downtown Bloomington to have these type of commuters and bicyclists going there to bring about economic development, to bring business."

Public works Director Jim Karch said he expects to complete the majority of both routes by the end of the year.

This includes pavement marking and signage on designated streets.

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