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The Village of Lombard’s Public Works Department is proud to announce that bike friendly lanes were added as part of recent improvements on Madison Street.
These lanes will provide additional visual reminders to motorists to share the road with bicyclists, and were included in the Village’s first ever Village-Wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan adopted by the Village Board of Trustees in May 2016.
The markings, denoting bike lanes and shared lanes, are located on Madison Street between Edson Ave. and Addison Ave. The completed bike lanes are the first of several bike friendly projects that are planned for implementation over the next two years. Earlier this year a flashing beacon system was installed at Main Street and the Illinois Prairie Path. This improvement was included in the Village-wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and is designed to increase visibility of the crossing path users.
The newly added lanes are a combination of bike lanes which include a solid white line which identifies the dedicated portion of the road for bike travel only, and shared lane markings which remind motorists to share the road with bicyclists in areas that do not have a dedicated lane for bicycles. Delineated bike lanes are predominately located on westbound Madison St., and eastbound Madison is predominately shared lane markings. By State law, motorists must give a three (3) foot passing distance to bicyclists when in a shared lane area. This applies to all roadways in Lombard.
“We’re glad to have these new additions to our community,” said Trustee Dan Whittington, Chairperson of the Public Safety and Transportation Committee. “We’re fortunate to have two major bike trails running through our town and bicycling is a big part of our neighborhood. We’re looking forward to seeing how these new lanes and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Project continue to benefit alternatives to driving within Lombard. The intent of these improvements is to provide accommodations for all forms of transportation on Lombard’s network of roads.”
The benefits of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan include green and healthy alternatives to driving within the Village, as well as resident access to regional trails including the Illinois Prairie Path and Great Western Trail, which connect communities from Chicago to Aurora. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan was reviewed by the Public Safety and Transportation Committee and the Public Works and Environmental Concerns Committee prior to the Village Board of Trustees approval in May 2016. The goal of the plan is to create a framework for a safe and accessible network of bike friendly amenities that connect cyclists and pedestrians to popular destinations within Lombard. For more information please visit villageoflombard.org/bikelombard.