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|Wheels Turning in Bicycle Group's Debut
|70 plus people invaded Q's Cafe in Galesburg Saturday. Why?...Because of their love for cycling.
It was the first ever installment of the Galesburg Bicycle Advisory Group. Alderman Jeremy Karlin is leading the charge for improved bike routes and paths in the city.
He says yesterday's participation was tremendous. Karlin tells WGIL there's obvious interest behind enhancing the bicycling experience in Galesburg and beyond.
"We had great ideas and a great brainstorming session as to what the goals for our group should be for the community and surrounding Knox County in making this area more bicycle friendly," Karlin said.
"We were able to focus those brainstorming ideas basically into five action areas, in which we'll hone in on those a little further into specific action items that can be done in the short term and the long term."
Those narrowed areas from Saturday's brainstorming include advocacy, education, economic development, infrastructure and access, and community.
Karlin says he will invite the League of Illinois Cyclists to visit the group in February as a way to, quote, "frame the focus."
He says he will create a facebook page to streamline communication-- and he says the group page will not be called "G-bag."
(TOP: Space was limited Saturday as around 70 supporters of a more bicycle-friendly community packed inside Q's Cafe on East Main St.; BOTTOM: Cyclists worked together in an exercise to map out potential cycling routes in Galesburg; WGIL News Story and Photo by Kyle Schassburger)
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