Indiana University and cycling:
I think it is way past time for the university to open 7th
on the north side of the Auditorium to bicycles again. This route
bicycle friendly from Lake Monroe to Ellettsville and beyond.
no good excuse for this being closed and we should turn up the
Could we start a petition or something? I will admit I don't ride
way anymore, but am I wrong that there is no flat option like that
through there anymore?
We should ask for secure bicycle
parking facilities where dorm residents and students at classes could
park their bikes safe
from theft and the weather. The cost to protect all of our
bicycles would be far less than a single small parking garage.
The IU police auction of bikes is out of control. I have called
the Dean of
Students Dick McKaig for three years running. Persons pay more
new retail for bikes not worth fixing if the bikes had been free.
This is not an
exaggeration. Turning IU auction winners away as "not worth fixing" is
the norm and
"a good deal" nonexistent from our perspective! I see what comes in for
repair. It is robbery and I am not quick to make that
university needs a "sold" price for every bike that the auction is
stopped when the price is reached. One of the shops each year
provide professional evaluation of worth of each bike the day before
Four fifteen years I have thought that transportation from Evansville
to Bloomington could be improved for far less than the cost of building
an international interstate highway. More traffic does travel
from Bloomington to Indianapolis, but even that would not require a
massive NAFTA I-69.
See COUNT US!, which I founded and am the Director: www.i69tour.org
I-69 and Cycling in the Bloomington
There is an ongoing study of I-69. Two consultants are doing two
studies in our area now.
DLZ Inc., Section 4 from SW Green County to SR 37 near Tapp Road
and Michael Baker Jr., Inc., Section 5 from SR 37 near Tapp Road to
near Martinsville approximately on SR37 now.
I am the Bloomington
Representative for the section 4 on the CAC which
stands for Citizens Advisory Committee. This area has been
recognized as one of the best places to ride a bike in the USA.
Feedback from the Cycling community is required by NEPA (National
Environmental Protection Act) law, so if you have thoughts, let me know
or send them
directly to the study
. Please if you comment directly send me
While I have no more input to the EIS (Environmental Impact Study) for
section 5 than anyone else, I do find this section most important,
because I would have to ride across I-69 to and from work every
day. Check out this look at what
they are planning
and what could work better
if the boondoggle were to ever be built here. The planning going
on now is going from very bad to much worse. If we don't take the
time to imagine I-69 cutting through Monroe County and speak up, we are
going to have a much less pleasant place to live and ride our
bikes. Our Mayor has pointed out that at times of the day, we
have more cars moving east and west than north and south. I-69
will add congestion to all of our roads if built. As a flat
interstate 8 lanes wide, overpasses will be major hills shared by large
numbers of trucks and cars making our crossing very unpleasant.
Following the links above, you will learn that even the approved Tier 1
I-69 here would provide flat crossing points for bicyclists, but the
consultants are trying to change this to a few massive shared
Bloomington Government and Bicycle Transportation:
Bloomington Government likes to talk bicycle friendly while being among
the least active in focused development of Bicycle amenities.
Surely there are good things going on here, but seen Nationally or
Worldly, we are more a bicycle community by default than by plan.
We have very bicycle friendly government advisory committees: The
Bicycle/ Pedestrian Commission
, The Citizens
Advisory Committee to the MPO
(Metropolitan Planning Organization)
and several members of elected offices and appointments are our
friends, but when the dollars are to be spent, little happens outside
of Bloomington Parks and Recreation.
The few things done for Bicyclist here are most often done through the
Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department. The problem with
that is that Parks and Rec works within the bounds of what they can
own. That is, they are focused on "green ways". While they are
pleasant to ride on and frankly are helping our business. They
are built not from the view of location of bicycle riders and their
destinations. It is recreation not transportation. We need
a focused inventory of streets that could be better used by bicyclists
and ways to improve both car and bicycle transportation on the roads
that exist with relatively small changes that can improve both
As gas prices went over $3 with the Katrina Hurricane in September of
2005, at Bikesmiths, we saw previously unheard of interest in bicycle
commuting as transportation. The time has come for Bloomington to
give bicycling (and walking) a more respectful analysis, planning and