Bike Lanes on Empire? Not a joke!

By:  Diane Benjamin

How many bikes have you seen using the existing bike lanes?  One?  Two?  None?

(I see far more bikers heading to Dawson Lake in the country)

The State is planning to finally fix Route 9 through town.  Thursday Bloomington wants your input at a public hearing from 4:30 to 6:30 at City Hall.

The State may not care what citizens want, but this is your chance to tell the State and the City to quit wasting your tax dollars on Complete Streets.  On street parking will be affected.

More information in the paper:


28 thoughts on “Bike Lanes on Empire? Not a joke!

  1. If you can’t go the paper lists a website where you can provide written feedback I used it and I did get a thank you response for submitting my comment.

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  2. I frequently travel on Jersey Avenue in Normal and I have never seen a bicycle driving in the bike lanes .I do not agree with the waste of tax money adding these bike lanes and the elimination of street parking – Empire St does not need bike lanes..

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    1. I just drove down that street today. I couldn’t believe how much road they were wasting on an bike lane along side the parking lane. That’s a whole ‘nother lane of traffic folks.

      Not. A. Single. Bike.

      No cars parked along there either. Ridiculous.


  3. Seldom do I go to B/N, I see bicyclists all the time. Mostly on County blacktops. They ride single file when traffic approaches. They know what roads are dangerous, at least most of them do. Some of them flagrantly break the law by having a flashing red light on the back of their bike. A flashing red light means STOP. I am confused enough without this situation occurring. I have not been on Veterans for quite some time. Have they installed bike lanes on Veterans Parkway yet?


  4. Are the parking places underutilized? Do we have a notable population that is biking this route ‘on street’ and disrupting traffic? If these are both yes, then this is a great idea and a great plan, but I expect they are both no.

    Is there some major pent up demand, where people are ‘grouchy driving’ while wishing they could be pedalling, or overcrowding the back roads with bikes to avoid the heavy traffic? I’m pretty sure these answers are no as well.

    So then this will simply be spending money to “emphasize the importance of having the multi-modal accommodations along a state route” while ignoring the importance of providing the people with what they want and need.

    Like our local town governments, IDOT needs to stop ‘working for The Plan’ and start ‘working for The People’.


  5. Seems these BLONO folks spend WAY more time in the country then they do in town, and personally, I’d just LIKE TO HAVE REGENCY/FAIRWAY DRIVE BACK, as it’s ONCE AGAIN CLOSED, making getting out to ANYWHERE a major trek. Let the bicyclists use the Constitution trail and such. They’ll clamor for bike lanes UNTIL one or several get killed by some misfortune. But that’s against COMPLETE common sense!


  6. Will Bikey Mikey and the Bike BloNo racketeers be out in full force “informing” citizens about the benefits of bike lanes?


  7. I used to ride a motorcycle to work. It was enjoyable to ride first thing in the morning, before 6 a m. But alas there is a downside, RAIN. I did have rain gear to put on to get me home, a 14 mile ride. What do bike riders do when it starts raining before they leave for home or just after they start it cuts lose? Do they even think about reflective rain gear? Will police, police this kind of risk to protect auto drivers in bad weather? Yeah,right.

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  8. Just heard on the NOON NEWS- WMBD that they want to do 17,500 feet of Rt 9 as BIKE LANES which will ELIMINATE 250 parking spaces. WHAT A WASTE!
    HOW MANY people belong to BIKEBLONO? Bet it’s NOT 250!

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  9. Can SOMEONE post a link on here to the website that BOB WERKMAN refers to, as the PANTAGRAPH blocks me, since I don’t subscribe, That would be GREAT!


  10. I make a point to drive in the bike lanes because I have NEVER observed a bicycle in the bike lane. NEVER. So I utilize the pavement since they do not. We better show up en masse if we have any hope of letting them know what we think of their (stupid) plan.


    1. why should we avoid bike lanes when the bike riders dont observe the rule of law. many a time i have seen bicyclists run stop signs, among other things.


  11. “Complete streets” another bunch of crap dreamed up by the people who dream up this crap. I can even hear them in my mind waxing so eloquently about them, maybe even ONE of them who ONCE went to Amsterdam and were just SOOO charmed by the bikes and cars sharing the road yada yada yada (I’ve been to Amsterdam, it seems like a pain to drive there to be honest and some of those poor people with ONLY a bike for transport riding grimly in the pelting cold rain, no thanks) BUT Europe, especially nice FLAT Netherlands/Holland has LONG been a biking society NOT one built on cars with long distances between home and the stores or work etc.

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  12. When is the last time you picked your kids up from school, dropped them off or picked them up from football practice,
    went grocery shopping, picked up your dry cleaning, went to Lowe’s for mulch, took your kid to the doctor , dentist, took pet to the vet, went out for dinner with the family, dropped kids off at movies,……ON A BICYCLE..?????????
    ——Why cater to the ” bike brown shirts”?

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      1. Correct, both of you, they of course don’t but YOU should, and you should live in a tiny cubicle apartment and work in the place downstairs or across the street – that is their real vision, Communist type housing and all inclusive cities/stacking areas where one can bike or walk everywhere, and you won’t be able to afford to go very far anyway because you will be taxed and “fee’d” to just above poverty level but hey college will be FREE.

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    1. “When is the last time you picked your kids up from school, dropped them off or picked them up from football practice,
      went grocery shopping, picked up your dry cleaning, went to Lowe’s for mulch, took your kid to the doctor , dentist, took pet to the vet, went out for dinner with the family, dropped kids off at movies,……”

      …and then attended to public comment sessions, spoke at council meetings, filed FOIA requests, etc. every other week to make sure that your elected officials were not being stupid? Most people are not apathetic, we just can’t keep up with the myriad ways they find to spend our money unnecessarily.


  13. Jeff Crabill posted on Facebook that these bike lanes will save Bloomington money….I guess he doesn’t understand that doubling of state gas tax actually is still theft. Read the comments and note where he responds. Gross.


  14. So,is IDIOT,oops I mean IDOT going to resurface all of route 9 before they put the bike lanes in or are they going to do like they did on Mercer,just paint the new lines over the potholes?


  15. so the bicyclists get their very own bike lanes paid for by money from car drivers. i think the bicyclists should be forced to pay for the privilege.


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