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|Bike Advocate Talks Cycling in Galesburg
|The newly named Cyclists of Galesburg had a representative from the League of Illinois Bicyclists share his perspective on making the city more bicycle friendly on Saturday.
Executive Director Ed Barsotti spoke in length on infrastructure and access, an action area developed by the advisory group in January.
He commended Alderman Jeremy Karlin and the group for already studying potential bike routes along major streets in town. Barsotti says there's now momentum, but there's plenty more to be done in planning a bike network.
"The next thing in a bike plan is to go out and do the field work," he said. Check out the widths of the roadways, check out the parking, the speeds, the traffic levels-- what's feasible (and) where."
"For each of the segments that you mark, let's do an ojective analysis and pick out each bikeway that we want to implement, if we want to put out anything along that particular road."
Barsotti says there's different options to consider in retrofitting Galesburg for cyclists. There's bike lanes, trails, and side paths, and he says there's a certain comfort factor to each choice, as well as price.
As far as a starting point for the advisory group, Barsotti suggests bike parking because it increases visibility and it isn't as costly.
(TOP: Ed Barsotti of the League of Illinois Bicyclists takes the floor in the basement of the Bondi Building; MIDDLE: Around 30 cyclists turned out for Cyclists of Galesburg's second meeting; BOTTOM: Alderman Jeremy Karlin reviews the proposed map for bike routes; WGIL Photos and News Story by Kyle Schassburger)
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