State plan to improve cycling conditions

By WEEK Reporter

April 20, 2014 Updated Apr 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM CDT

ILLINOIS -- Biking in Illinois could soon be a lot safer.

A first of its kind transportation plan focused on cycling has been released by the state.

The Illinois Bike Transportation Plan includes over 200 strategies and action items to make biking an easier and safer experience.

The plan includes connecting destinations and high population areas together through "ride-able" routes.

It also includes modernizing mapping and a focus on education.

"Improving education for both cyclists and drivers so people who are learning how to drive for the first time will have to answer questions about dealing with cyclists on the road when they are taking their drivers ed class," said Bike BloNo member Michael Gorman.

While developing the plan, the Illinois Department of Transportation reached out to more than 100 local agencies and non-profit groups including Bloomington cycling group Bike BloNo for their input on how to better improve cycling in their community.

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