What’s Next for the Bloomington Bike Master Plan

Bloomington bike lane

Recently installed bike lane in Downtown Bloomington, Illinois

Thank you for your support and help over the past 18 months in developing the Bloomington Bike Master Plan. The plan was approved on an 8-1 vote with the lone dissenting vote cast by Ward 1 Alderman Kevin Lower. In his comments, he stated it’s unsafe for cyclists to share the road with traffic (despite the fact that people on bikes are already on the road with traffic). With the passing of this plan however, bikes and cars will have better accommodations as road improvements move forward throughout the years.

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Candidates’ Survey – Kathleen Lorenz

WGLT’s Good to Go initiative partnered with Bike BloNo to create a Candidates’ Survey to inform voters on the candidates’ positions on bike policy. WGLT wrote the questions and Bike BloNo created a rubric to grade each of the candidates; that rubric is published here. Neither organization endorses any individual candidate.


Based on her survey response, Bike BloNo gives Kathleen Lorenz an “A” on bike issues.


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Candidates’ Survey – Jeffrey Fritzen

WGLT’s Good to Go initiative partnered with Bike BloNo to create a Candidates’ Survey to inform voters on the candidates’ positions on bike policy. WGLT wrote the questions and Bike BloNo created a rubric to grade each of the candidates; that rubric is published here. Neither organization endorses any individual candidate.


Based on his survey response, Bike BloNo gives Jeffrey Fritzen a “B” on bike issues.


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Candidates’ Survey – Diana DeSio Hauman

WGLT’s Good to Go initiative partnered with Bike BloNo to create a Candidates’ Survey to inform voters on the candidates’ positions on bike policy. WGLT wrote the questions and Bike BloNo created a rubric to grade each of the candidates; that rubric is published here. Neither organization endorses any individual candidate.


Based on her survey response, Bike BloNo gives Diana DeSio Hauman a “B” on bike issues.


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Bloomington/Normal Council Candidate Surveys

A photo of Kim Alcorn wearing a Bike BloNo t-shirt and holding an "I voted" sticker.

Kim Alcorn voted early and shared this picture to demonstrate that people who bike, vote.

Right or wrong, I’m feeling a sense of accomplishment after looking over the latest batch of candidate surveys. Bike BloNo, in cooperation with GLT’s Good To Go sustainable transportation initiative, sent questionnaires to all Bloomington and Normal council candidates. All of the candidates who responded – a majority of those in contested races – are being rated as “bike friendly.” All of the candidates received a “B” or higher! I’d like to think Bike BloNo’s efforts at raising the profile of bikes as transportation has helped to build awareness of some of the issues raised in our questionnaire and that we’re helping to inform the candidates that some of their constituents are bicyclists who care deeply about the safety of everybody using our community’s streets.

We received responses from all of the candidates in contested races except for Bloomington Ward 5 candidate Lupe Diaz and Ward 8 candidate Alton Franklin. They received an “incomplete.” Their opponents took the time to respond and scored favorably. We also didn’t get a response from Ward 2 alderman David Sage, who is running unopposed. He previously voted in favor of creating the bicycle master plan that will soon be considered by the city council. Thanks to all of the candidates who responded.

Mike McCurdy
President, Bike BloNo
Director, Good To Go


 

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Candidates’ Survey – Joni Painter

WGLT’s Good to Go initiative partnered with Bike BloNo to create a Candidates’ Survey to inform voters on the candidates’ positions on bike policy. WGLT wrote the questions and Bike BloNo created a rubric to grade each of the candidates; that rubric is published here. Neither organization endorses any individual candidate.


Based on her survey response, Bike BloNo gives Joni Painter an “A” on bike issues.


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Candidates’ Survey – R. C. McBride

WGLT’s Good to Go initiative partnered with Bike BloNo to create a Candidates’ Survey to inform voters on the candidates’ positions on bike policy. WGLT wrote the questions and Bike BloNo created a rubric to grade each of the candidates; that rubric is published here. Neither organization endorses any individual candidate.


Based on his survey response, Bike BloNo gives R. C. McBride an “A” on bike issues.


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Candidates’ Survey – Chuck Scott

WGLT’s Good to Go initiative partnered with Bike BloNo to create a Candidates’ Survey to inform voters on the candidates’ positions on bike policy. WGLT wrote the questions and Bike BloNo created a rubric to grade each of the candidates; that rubric is published here. Neither organization endorses any individual candidate.


Based on his survey response, Bike BloNo gives Chuck Scott a “B” on bike issues.


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Candidates’ Survey – Karen Schmidt

WGLT’s Good to Go initiative partnered with Bike BloNo to create a Candidates’ Survey to inform voters on the candidates’ positions on bike policy. WGLT wrote the questions and Bike BloNo created a rubric to grade each of the candidates; that rubric is published here. Neither organization endorses any individual candidate.


Based on her survey response, Bike BloNo gives Karen Schmidt an “A” on bike issues.


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Bloomington Ward 4 Candidate Surveys

I’m grateful to the candidates who took the time to complete and return our GLT-Good To Go/Bike BloNo candidate survey.  I think Ward 4 candidates Amelia Buragas and Jeremy Kelley are both bike friendly and I believe our organization could work with either of the candidates to make our community more bike friendly. However, as you’ll see, one candidate scored slightly better than the other.  I’d also like to express my disappointment that more candidates did not complete and return the survey. Those candidates have been graded with an “incomplete.”

Mike McCurdy
President, Bike BloNo
Director, Good To Go