Green Bike Lane Debuts to Crowd in Downtown Aurora
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.