Forum on bike trails set in Urbana

URBANA — The first of four community forums on developing bike trails in Urbana will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Urbana Civic Center, 108 N. Water St., U.

The forums are being organized by the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission on behalf of the city of Urbana and the Urbana Park District.

The park district is looking at developing bike trails within existing parks and possibly building trails connecting Urbana parks, said Gabe Lewis, a transportation planner with the RPC. The city of Urbana is looking at developing more on-street trails and possibly some off-street connecting trails, he said.

A report about opportunities and constraints toward building more bike trails will be presented to the city and the park district by this summer, Lewis said.

In addition to Wednesday's communitywide forum, others will be held:

— 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 18, King School, 1108 W. Fairview Ave., U.

— 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, Urbana Early Childhood Center, 2202 E. Washington St., U.

— from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 20 at Leal School, 312 W. Oregon St., U, especially for Spanish-speaking residents.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on February 11, 2014 at 10:02 am

Urbana's logic is not repairing it's streets, but creating bike trails.  Makes perfect sense to the elite in Urbana.  Never mind the problems for those who do not, or cannot ride bicycles.  After all, they can ride the MTD.  I have yet to see a bicycle rider on the nifty, wide bicycle path on Philo Road.  Of course, the new bicycle trails will not be created until some other financial source like the state pays for most of it. Who is going to pay for Windsor Road to be repaired? 

787 wrote on February 11, 2014 at 3:02 pm

How much money was wasted on studying a roundabout at Race and Windsor... and now we have the intersection of Race and Windsor (and farther east on Windsor) that is full of craters.  

The Public Works department apparently has declared a surrender, and is waving the white flag.  It doesn't look like the holes on Windsor have been filled for days.

Yet Laurel thinks she's doing a terrific job... as always.