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Bloomington, Indiana looks to bike paths to relieve vehicular traffic

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  • Robert J. Matter
    http://www.hoosiertimes.com/stories/2001/10/31/news.011031_HT_C1_JLR91378.sto?PREVURI=%2Fstories%2F2001%2F10%2F31%2Findex City council to vote tonight on bike,
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      City council to vote
      tonight on bike, walk
      path network

      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@....
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