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|Bike Group Gets Positive Message From City
|FIRST REPORTED 6:30am 2/26/12 An advocacy group that is hoping for improved conditions in Galesburg for bicyclists got some big wins in a recent meeting.
7th Ward Alderman Jeremy Karlin formed the newly re-named "Cyclists of Galesburg" several months ago. He says some of the group's members met with City Engineer Wayne Carl a few days ago to express some of their needs.
And Karlin says Carl responded in kind, learning that the proposed Seminary Street overpass will have adequate space for bicycles to travel on, East Main Street, and potentially all of Main, will eventually have striping for bike lanes, and that a bike path is being planned from the new apartment complex for Carl Sandburg College students at Henderson Street and South Lake Storey Road running to the college.
Karlin tells WGIL those are big wins for bike enthusiasts.
"I think with a little compromise by everybody here, [the work] can get done," Karlin said.
"It's been gratifying to see that, with every meeting, when we get together, we're making substantial progress," said Karlin. "I think in the next month or two to come, we'll have something to talk about with regard to additional bike racks in the downtown area, as well as organized rides during the summer riding months."
Karlin says the bike path from the "The Villas at CSC" to Carl Sandburg College isn't the full bike path around Lake Storey he's proposed, but it's a great start.
Overall, Karlin says the talks were productive, and that he believes the city wants to be as bike-friendly as possible -- at least as much as the city can afford it.
(Alderman Jeremy Karlin reviews the proposed map for bike routes during a meeting in Galesburg earlier this month. WGIL News Story by Will Stevenson. File Photo by Kyle Schassburger.)
|02 26 12 by Newsroom
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