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.
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.
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.
- Benjamin School
- Bent School
- Cedar Ridge School
- Irving School
- North Pointe School
- Oakland School
- Pepper Ridge School
- Sheridan School
- Stevenson School
- Washington School
- School Walking Map Overview
- Bloomington High School / Junior High School
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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.
City of Bloomington Complete Streets design standards are derived from the below documents, FHWA PEDSAFE, and other relevant guidance, as appropriate.
- COB A Manual of Practice for the Design of Public Improvements in the City of Bloomington
- IDOT Bureau of Local Roads and Streets Manual
- IDOT Bureau of Design and Environment Manual
- FHWA Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
- IDOT Illinois Supplement to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
- AASHTO Guide for Planning, Design, and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities
- NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide
- AASHTO A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets
- ITE Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach
- AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities
- US Access Board Proposed Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way
- APA Complete Streets: Best Policy and Implementation Practices
- ATA Complete Streets Complete Networks: A Manual for the Design of Active Transportation
City of Bloomington staff submitted a Rebuild Illinois Fast-Track Public Infrastructure Grant to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The application requested $750,264.58 to be used to construct an ADA Sidewalk Improvement Project, which includes 35 sidewalk projects creating pedestrian connectivity within neighborhoods and to business corridors and parks. The locations, all within “underserved” areas defined by the State, directly impact 612 homes. The sidewalk projects to be completed under this opportunity are amplified by proximity and connection to Downtown and other business corridors, the Vrooman Mansion event center, six public parks, the Constitution Trail walking-biking trail, and Illinois Wesleyan University. Work will include construction of ADA-compliant concrete pads at Connect Transit bus stops wherever construction occurs near a bus stop.