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July 30, 2013

Ways to make Clinton more bike friendly eyed

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“That way, people traveling to Clinton from Illinois or the Quad-Cities could see what we have going on. For visitors you kind of need to create the itinerary,” Donaire said.

While many groups travel through the city on bikes, the city could make travels easier for pedal-pushing sightseers. Moore suggested as officials look at creating a map they should also incorporate information on how to travel to Clinton from outside of town or how to connect to the Illinois trails. She agreed it should direct bikers to places where they can spend money.

“We need signage of what is in the different parts. Where do you go to restaurants? Where do you go to coffee shops? There’s no real businesses other than Candlelight and the marina along the trail where people could stop at,” Moore said.

A bicycle master plan also would help immensely, Moore said. The master plan would go beyond detailing what trails are open in the city, but where the city would place bike racks and how it intends to make Clinton bicycle friendly.

While the map and a bicycle master plan are not at the top of the city’s priority list, a number of projects that will benefit cyclists soon will surface.

The new Lyons streetscape will include a bike lane and the city is set to create the final leg of the Mississippi River Trail that will connect it from where it stops at 11th Avenue South and Fourth Street to the Riverview Drive portion of the trail.

City officials are also trying to reactivate the Shared Use Trails Committee.

City Engineer Jason Craft said there are some roads in the community with widths that would accommodate a bike lane if that’s a direction city leaders wanted to take.

“If the community is serious about cycling and providing those types of opportunities, there’s a lot of roads in town we can restripe. It’s pretty cheap to add a bike lane if that’s something the council wants to do,” he said.

 

 

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