Urge your Alderman to support the Bloomington Bike Master Plan!

On May 11, The Bloomington Bike Master Plan will go before Bloomington City Council for adoption. We need your help to make this plan a reality.

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Bikers using Bloomington bike lanes during Tour de Taco 2014

Contacting your ward alderman can make all the difference between a yes and no vote. We’d like to keep this a positive, forward-thinking process. Write an email to your alderman thanking them for their prior support of the plan, and speak about how this plan will encourage safe, bike-able streets for all residents in their ward and the city.

Below are suggested talking points to include in your email. Elected officials need to know there is broad-based community support for this plan, so contact business owners or other bicyclists in your ward and ask them to send an email of support as well. A ward map and alderman contact info is below. You’ll want to identify yourself as a resident of their ward, and include a couple talking points below. Overall make it a conversation between the two of you. They’re human too 😉

Alderman email addresses

We recommend using both the generic ward and personal email addresses, as well as cc’ing the city council.

Not sure which ward you live in? Check out the Bloomington ward map.

 

Ward 1, Kevin Lower

to: ward1@cityblm.org, klower@cityblm.org

cc: citycouncil@cityblm.org

Additional background and contact information:

http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=51

 

Ward 2, David Sage

to: ward2@cityblm.org, sageforcitycouncil@yahoo.com

cc: citycouncil@cityblm.org

Additional background and contact information:

http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=52

 

Ward 3, Mboka Mwilambwe

to: ward3@cityblm.org, mtmwila@gmail.com

cc: citycouncil@cityblm.org

Additional background and contact information:

http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=53

 

Ward 4, Amelia Buragas

to: ward4@cityblm.org, asburagas@gmail.com

cc: citycouncil@cityblm.org

Additional background and contact information:

http://www.buragasforbloomington.com/

 

Ward 5, Joni Painter

to: ward5@cityblm.org, jonilpainter@gmail.com

cc: citycouncil@cityblm.org

Additional background and contact information:

http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=55

 

Ward 6, Karen Schmidt

to: ward6@cityblm.org, karen61701@gmail.com

cc: citycouncil@cityblm.org

Additional background and contact information:

http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=56

 

Ward 7, Scott Black

to: ward7@cityblm.org, scottblack428@gmail.com

cc: citycouncil@cityblm.org

Additional background and contact information:

http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=57

 

Ward 8, Diana Hauman

to: ward8@cityblm.org, hauman48@aol.com

cc: citycouncil@cityblm.org

Additional background and contact information:

http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=58

 

Ward 9, Jim Fruin

to: ward9@cityblm.org, jafruin@comcast.net

cc: citycouncil@cityblm.org

Additional background and contact information:

http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=59

 

Talking Points

  • Thank Alderman for their support thus far
  • Share your personal stories of cycling on Bloomington streets, especially if you have a story of a close call that you think could have been avoided with bike lanes, sharrows, and/or signage.
  • Intense community interest and civic engagement helped create this plan
    • Nearly 100 participants in a brainstorming session used to develop the plan
    • Nearly 1000 responses were gathered in the MindMixer online effort to gather input for the plan
    • Approximately 300 hours of volunteer and professional work went into the planning.
  • Plan is possible through a financial partnership between a non-profit organization and the City of Bloomington. The Friends of the Constitution Trail is paying for almost half the cost of the plan.
  • The plan, as implemented, will begin to create an interconnected network of on street bike routes.
    • This network will direct cyclists to designated streets and provide car drivers with signage and/or street markings that will alert drivers to expect bicyclists sharing the road
    • Infrastructure improvements create a safe place for some of the most vulnerable users of the road, bicyclists.
    • This plan will encourage bicycle use. This plan will provide less experienced riders/commuters the confidence to ride more with safe routes.
    • Increased cycling increasesd individual and community health. 540 calories are burned in one hour of bicycling. Cycling does not contribute to greenhouse gases, and lowers individual’s annual medical costs..
    • Numerous studies show the economic benefits of cycling infrastructure. Cyclists going to Downtown Bloomington, for instance, increase foot-traffic to local businesses, may not buy as much per trip, but  and return more often, leading to increased overall spending.
  • This is a multi-year plan. Much of what’s in the plan is paint on streets and signs. As streets in the plan come up for resurfacing, they get the designated paint for bike lanes or other markings and signs. Paint and signs represent minimal cost of a resurfacing project already planned.
  • In October of 2013, Bloomington Aldermen voted 9-0 to create this plan. The Bloomington Planning Commission voted 9-0 to move the plan to the Bloomington City Council with a recommendation for adoption. We’re asking Aldermen to vote to adopt this plan with another 9-0 vote.