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1/26/2018 11:32:00 AM
Consultants helping city evaluate priorities ahead of transportation plan
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Kurt Christian, Herald-Times

The future of how residents navigate Bloomington may include the restoration of two-way streets, back-in angled parking, roundabouts and increased road versatility.

Representatives from Toole Design Group held their second public information meeting Thursday night to make sure they’ve understood what the city of Bloomington wants to prioritize for its transportation plan. With five major areas of redevelopment planned for the city and an existing system that has pros and cons for all types of transportation, there are plenty of routes to a better-connected city.

“There are lots of exciting things in Bloomington that are about to happen, and we want to make sure you’re able to get to all of them,” said Terri Porter, the city’s Planning and Transportation Department director.

After more than 80 people attended Monday night’s public input session, Ken Ray and Sagar Onta of Toole Design Group were driven around the city and met with about 70 more individual Bloomington stakeholders to determine how the city should change.

The testimonies they collected show Bloomington values pedestrian and cyclist safety, along with an idea of complete streets, a concept that promotes shared use of roadways and pedestrian areas. Residents like the B-Line Trail, the downtown, transit accessibility, bike lanes and more.

Responses also showed the city is lacking in its east-to-west connections, separated bike lanes and comprehensive transit service. Another concern is speeding: Ray said the phrase “lead foot” was used multiple times to describe Bloomington drivers.

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