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Village Seeks Input on How to Make DG More Bike Friendly

Village reps to be out-and-about seeking resident feedback on how to make Downers Grove a more enjoyable place for bikers and pedestrians.

Starting on Wednesday, the is going to be hitting the streets to talk to bikers and pedestrians about what improvements they'd like to see the village make in order to make the community more bike friendly.

As part of an update to 12-year-old “Bikeway and Pedestrian” plan expected to be presented in October, the village is looking for ways they can adjust infrastructure, provide education and generally improve the experience of the village's cyclists and walkers.

According to public works director Nan Newlon, the main thing the village is looking for is what they can do to make things easier for the community.

“We're looking to find out what kind of obstacles are in their way that prevent them from making trips by bike or walking,” Newlon said. “[These meetings are] a chance for people to comment and talk to us and let us know where they'd like to bike, where they bike now and where they feel comfortable or uncomfortable.”

Instead of having a meeting and making the residents come to them, Newlon said, they decided to get out and reach out to the community directly. They'll start doing that Wednesday, June 13 at the from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.. The rest of the schedule is as follows:

• June 15, 2012: , 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

• June 16, 2012: Downtown Downers Grove Market, 9 a.m. to Noon, with a 2-3 mile bike ride around Downers Grove immediately following.

• June 23, 2012: Rotary Grove Fest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Main Street Train Station.

We would also like to know what kind of improvements you think the village can implement to make Downers Grove more bike and pedestrian friendly, so share your thoughts with us in the comments section!

Eric June 12, 2012 at 01:34 PM
It's a shame that with all the money that was spent on the Belmont underpass (which is great btw) that a bike lane wasn't added in each direction. I've thought for years that there should be no road projects approved unless there is a bike lane built in.
Kyle Jordan June 12, 2012 at 02:58 PM
this story sits right next to a police story of bikes being stolen....so my answer to how DG can be more bike friendly? Make sure my bike doesn't get stolen. HAHAHAHA. I find this ironic and funny. We don't have anything like the prarie path or old dead railroads to convert to paths, so I say just let it go. Next topic. How about we go back to the public pool discussion!
Sara Bieda June 13, 2012 at 01:49 PM
The intersection at Fairview and 55th Street is not pedestrian or bike/stroller friendly. The sidewalk at the SW corner has a drastic uphill slant that is not bike friendly. Often, there are overgrown bushes that obstructs views. This is an intersection that leads to Patriots Park and the Swim & Racquet Club, so there are plenty of kids who would benefit from making it safer.

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