Green Bike Lane Debuts to Crowd in Downtown Aurora

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Bikes traveled safety north on River Street last Friday as dozens joined to celebrate the ribbon cutting of Aurora’s first protected bike lane.

Bicycle riders of all ages followed a handful of Aurora Police officers as they biked from North Avenue to Downer Place via River Street. The protected, green bike lane opened at the end of last year, but the city invited everyone to gather during National Protected Bike Lane week to attend the official ribbon cutting.

The green lane “increases the visibility of the facility, identifies potential areas of conflict, and reinforces priority to bicyclists in conflict areas and in areas with pressure for illegal parking,” according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO).

Several city officials were in attendance and Mayor Tom Weiser said he was excited about the changes along River Street that make the area more pedestrian and bike friendly. River Street was formerly a one-way, but was converted to two-way last summer.

The protected bike lane connects the Fox River Trail and completes the gap that existed for years from North Avenue to downtown Aurora.

The city said the changes “Will make River Street a safer route for pedestrians and bicyclists frequenting Waubonsee Community College, the Santori Public Library of Aurora and other downtown locations.”

Green lanes are the state standard for protected bike lanes; one is also downtown Chicago that leads to Millennium Park.

National Protected Bike Lane week was May 9 to 13. Bike to work week is May 16 to 20 with Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20. Click HERE for a bicycle map of Aurora, Ill.

Want to know more about protected bike lanes and why Aurora has one? Click HERE for some statistics. Why is it green? Read about the reasons for colored bike lanes HERE.

Dozens of bicyclists gathered on the North Avenue bridge to celebrate the official opening of Aurora's first protected bike lane in May.

Dozens of bicyclists gathered on the North Avenue bridge to celebrate the official opening of Aurora’s first protected bike lane in May.

 

Aurora Police officers led the bicyclists to Downer Place via the River Street bike lane.

Aurora Police officers led the bicyclists to Downer Place via the River Street bike lane.

 

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A crowd gathered at River Street Plaza to hear city officials dedicate the new bike lane on River Street that connects the Fox River Trail.

 

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Preschoolers from SciTech STEM Academy attended the bike lane ceremony with their teacher, Mr. Ian.

 

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City officials and Aldermen join Mayor Weisner at the ribbon cutting for the River Street bike lane in Aurora. The bike lane connects the two river trails.