Making Elgin More Bike Friendly
Making Elgin more bike friendly
Regarding Elgin resident Jessica Bahena's letter, "More bike paths for Elgin's safety, health," I felt the need to publicly thank her for expressing her concern and interest in the work being done to make Elgin a more pedestrian- and bike-friendly city.
The Elgin Bike Pedestrian Advisory Committee is an all-volunteer group working consistently to address the concern expressed by Ms. Bahena, as well as numerous other areas of interest, including:
* Securing of a grant for bike racks in downtown business district and planning groundwork for installation of the racks.
* Participation in an ongoing, citywide sidewalk gap and transit analysis (transit stops, pedestrian crossings, complete, safe sidewalks, etc.)
* Implementation and update of the bikeway master plan.
* Drafting of a complete streets policy for city council consideration.
* Planning and coordination of Bike-Walk-Move: Elgin Week (formerly Bike to Work Week).
* Application for a walk-friendly community designation.
* Drafting of a pedestrian safety designation policy for city council consideration.
All Elgin residents are encouraged to contribute to a safer, more pedestrian- and bicycle-oriented city, a city where streets are shared by all, regardless of vehicle size or lack thereof. The more voices (and faces) associated with these ideals the better. Elgin is a wonderful city, one which is poised to improve in many areas, including this one.
Public meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the Centre of Elgin. …