Complete Streets

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Simply put, the Complete Streets approach to infrastructure maintenance and construction focuses on optimizing the public right-of-way to meet the needs of all users.

Complete Streets may involve adding bicycle and pedestrian accommodations within the right-of-way or improving a separate path and trail system. Complete Streets can also incorporate additional elements that improve the appearance of the area and the overall experience for all users. Examples of these additional elements include providing shade trees and benches for pedestrians, establishing bus stops, installing wayfinding, and placing appropriate lighting.

Aldermen approved a Complete Streets Ordinance (Ordinance 2016-87) on August 22, 2016. The ordinance established Complete Streets as the desired approach to infrastructure maintenance and construction. In addition, the ordinance established a list of design standard references and an annual reporting requirement. Click here to view the most recent Complete Streets Report.
Bicycle Infrastructure
Bloomington has a commitment to recreational bicycling and walking. It also recognizes bicycling as a mode of transportation. The City Council, City Administration, and Public Works Department are taking steps to better accommodate safe cycling as a mode of transportation. The City Council adopted the Bicycle Master Plan, which outlines the City's policies and plans for bicycle infrastructure. Click here to view the Bicycle Master Plan. Click here to visit the Constitution Trail website.
Sidewalks and Ramps
The "Vision 2025" in Bloomington's Strategic Plan foresees a beautiful, family-friendly city. Quality sidewalks provide a piece of the equation, a necessary component to achieve this vision, because they affect walkability and connectivity. Communities with strong walkability and connectivity have healthier and more cohesive neighborhoods where pedestrians routinely traverse, where children walk about safety and where residents gain a stronger sense of neighborhood and civic identity. Further, good sidewalks are essential to persons with visual impairment, walking impairment and other disabilities -- members of the community who by right and by law deserve access.

The City needed a framework in order to address the overall quality of sidewalks. A Master Plan for Sidewalks provides that framework. The Department created a rating system based on the PASER system used for evaluating streets. It mapped these ratings along each parcel of property. It weighed the dual goals of safety and accessibility and set a level of service compatible with those goals while also being compatible with Staff-Council strategic planning. Objectives are made within the context of practical funding levels. A Master Plan for Sidewalks serves as the primary guide in the allocation of resources and in addressing maintenance and replacement issues and policy. Click here to view the sidewalk master plan.
School Walking Routes
City staff works with schools to address school safety problems within the City. All school safety problems should be forwarded to the principal of the school. If school officials believe that the issue requires further discussion, they bring those issues to City officials.

The City of Bloomington, in conjunction with school officials, has developed walking route plans for most students walking to public schools within the city. These walking route plans are distributed by School Officials. As a service, the City has included the most recent walking route plans for each of the schools below. Click here to view an interactive map that shows all school walking routes. For more information about the individual schools:
District 87 Administrative Offices
Unit 5 District Office
2019 Safe Routes to School Grant
City of Bloomington staff submitted a Safe Routes to School grant to the Illinois Department of Transportation. The application requested $200,000 for sidewalk, ramp, and other pedestrian improvements near Sheridan Elementary School. Please choose one of the following links to learn more:
Traffic Calming
Throughout Bloomington, residents have become increasingly aware and concerned about the negative impact speeding vehicles have on their quality of life. They view speeding vehicles, cut-through traffic and associated noise and litter as detrimental to their security, property values, and the livability many have worked so hard to achieve.  

City staff members from Public Works, Police, and Administration work with residents to find potential answers. At times, the answer has been "traffic calming." This is a traffic engineering technique to reduce speeds and includes such items as installation of speed humps. However, the use of traffic calming devices is used only rarely under a defined set of circumstances. Click here for more information on traffic calming, which is available on the Public Works Traffic page.

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