Project will promote bicycling to train

By on February 19, 2009

by Martha Quetsch
Elburn soon will have a new brochure highlighting the best street routes and paths for bicycling in the village.

“This is part of Elburn’s goal of making the village walkable and bikeable,” Trustee Bill Graberek said.

The village will develop the brochure with help from the League of Illinois Bicyclists (LIB), to promote biking, especially to the Metra station. Elburn trustees on Tuesday approved an agreement between the village and the LIB for the “Bike to Metra Guide” project.

“The idea is to encourage people to bike for part of their commute, both for public health and to reduce the need for vehicle parking spaces,” LIB project planner Jessica Thompson said.

LIB consultants will collaborate with village staff to develop and produce the guide, which will highlight routes within a five-mile radius for traveling by bicycle.

The village will pay for the $4,000 project with a grant it received from the Public Education and Enforcement Research Study (PEERS). Elburn Police Chief Jim Linane applied for the grant last year from Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). The ICC administers the PEERS program to issue grants to communities and nonprofit agencies for specialized education and safety enforcement projects.

Before compiling the guide, the village and the LIB will host a public meeting at which residents may make suggestions for the brochure.

The brochure will be an informational tool for bicyclists, so that they know the safest and most practical routes to take in Elburn. It also will be geared for drivers, so that they know the routes and certain rules of the road that apply to drivers in proximity of bicycles traveling on the street.

LIB also worked with the City of Aurora on its Bike to Metra Guide.