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Bloomington Asks For Bike-Ped Plan Help

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:21:08 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

The City of Bloomington is ramping up efforts to get public input on bicycle policy. Public Works Director Jim Karch says a survey will go out in water department bills next month and residents can also filll out the questionaire on line if they prefer. Karch says they're also using an on line information program to gauge public opinion on where bike friendly measures should be installed in the city.

"Mindmixer it is called. For those that are more able to use technology this is a really great tool that integrates maps. People can actually add requests and information and concerns to a live map and it really helps people get a feel for the community with bike routes."

Karch says the city will also hold a facilitated public work session on bicycle and pedestrian policy March 18th at the police department.

"We don't just want the hardcore spandex bicyclers. We want the every day bicyclists to be part of this process and even those who don't like bicycles in the community. We want to hear from them because there might be concerns from all of that spectrum that can be part of this process."

He says the draft plan will likely be done in late summer or early fall. The city has hired the head of the League of Illinois Bicyclists to develop the plan.

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