Bloomington, Indiana looks to bike paths to relieve vehicular traffic
City council to vote
tonight on bike, walk
Ten-year outline would become part
of master plan
By Bill Strother,
Herald-Times City Editor
The Bloomington City Council will take up the city's long-range
plan to create a network of greenways, bike and walking paths
to crisscross the city at tonight's council meeting.
The plan provides an outline for the paths and trails that would
be added over the 10 years of the plan, which, with adoption,
would become part of the city's master plan.
City officials, citing the fact that growth of vehicular traffic has
outstripped population growth by about four to one over the last
decade, hope the bike and walking paths will relieve some of
that congestion. They also see great recreational and health
advantages for residents who use the paths.
The plan lays out the links over the next 10 years, with the most
detailed outline coming earliest in that time frame.
Some highlights are:
In 2002: Bike lanes on Walnut Street and College Avenue,
bike-pedestrian sidepaths on East Third Street and on Dunn
Street north of the Ind. 45/46 Bypass, sidepaths and sidewalks
on Country Club Drive from Walnut Street to Rockport Road.
In 2003: Bike paths on East Third Street and West Third
Street, sidepaths/sidewalks on South Rogers Street or Rhorer
In 2004: CSX rail-to-trail conversion through downtown south
to the McDoel rail yard, which would be converted to public
space. Also scheduled but funded by the state would be the
sidepaths and overpass on the Ind. 45/46 Bypass widening
>From 2005 to 2010: Continued CSX rail-to-trail conversion,multiuse trail along Jackson Creek, sidepaths on North Rogers
Street and Kinser Pike, bike lanes on numerous streets.
Council members are scheduled to vote tonight on the
resolution that makes the plan part of the master plan. They
agreed in a 7-0-1 vote at their last meeting to move it along for
the final vote tonight.
At that meeting, council members generally supported the plan,
although some raised questions on long term fiscal plans and
whether maintenance has been figured in, and on how much of
a role there will be for traditional sidewalks in the plan.
Some residents of the Southdowns/Sheridan Road area, where
one of the first projects is scheduled, sought details about that.
The project is set for funding this year, with construction next
year. The plan calls for making the roads, which parallel each
other, a paired one-way system with some roadway devoted to
bike and foot traffic.
The meeting begins at 7:30 tonight in City Council Chambers at
City Hall, 401 N. Morton St.
City Editor Bill Strother can be reached at 331-4361 or by
e-mail at strother@....