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Tweed Ride Example from London Tweed Ride, Friday, October 7

Check out the Tweed Ride on Friday, October 7, 2016. Join us for a fancy and fun bicycle ride through town! It will be a themed and easy-going ride through the City of Bloomington. The best part, you get to dress up in your fanciest tweed or dapper attire.

No registration is necessary, but feel free to share and join the Facebook event .

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Local-Motion Grant Program

BPSC is making funds available to support local initiatives that also promote a bicycle and walk friendly culture. The deadline is fast approaching. The grants are geared toward small projects or small pieces of larger projects as funding is limited. Applying includes scheduling a meeting with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator as well as presenting to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Commission on November 2, 2016.

Click here for details on the Local-Motion Grant Program.

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Park(ing) Day, Friday, October 14

Stop by Park(ing) Day on Friday, October 14, 2016. The City of Bloomington and Open Streets Bloomington will be converting a few on-street parking spaces into an active place. The Park(ing) spaces are located on W. 6th Street between College Avenue and Walnut Street. Stop by to explore the space and see the Courthouse Square from a new perspective. In addition to several activities throughout the day, the Historic Preservation Program Manager will host three tours of the Courthouse Square at 10:15am, 12:15pm, and 3:15pm. Learn what Park(ing) Day is all about anytime from 9am to 6pm on Friday, October 14, 2016.

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Family Costume Ride, Thursday, October 27

Get into the Halloween spirit by joining the Bloomington Costume Bicycle Ride! This will be a family-friendly ride, and we want to encourage everyone to come join. We encourage participants to dress up in their Halloween costumes. With a relaxed route, riders of all ages and abilities will find it to be a mangeable and enjoyable time!

2014 Bike Map Cover Bloomington-Monroe County Bike Map

Whether you prefer to pull those Monroe County hills or zip across town, these maps are perfect for all of your bicycling adventures.

Click here to get the new bike map.

Guide to BikePed Logo Guide to Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure

Whether you are driving, biking, or walking, our new Guide to Understanding Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure will explain the ins and outs of nearly every type of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure you might encounter on our streets.

About Bloomington

The City of Bloomington is proud to be recognized as a Gold-level "Bicycle Friendly Community" by the League of American Bicyclists, for "longstanding commitments to providing safe accommodation and facilities for bicyclists, and for their efforts to encourage bicycle travel for transportation and recreation." Bloomington was the first League-designated "Bicycle Friendly Community" in Indiana, and the highest rated community in the eastern United States.

The City of Bloomington works to develop a connected network of safe and convenient facilities that enable people of all ages and mobilities to walk or bike to their destinations. Recent data from the US Census (2011 ACS 1-YR estimates) ranks Bloomington #2 in the country for the percentage of people who walk or bike to work, among cities with greater than 65,000 people.

Choosing to walk or bike will ultimately reduce traffic congestion in the City and improve the health, fitness, and quality of life of Bloomington's residents. The Bloomington Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Commission actively works towards alternative transportation goals by doing the following activities: identifying and alleviating safety issues for bicyclists and pedestrians; educating bicyclists and pedestrians (and motorists too) on their rights and responsibilities; advocating the use and construction of trails, bike lanes, side-paths, sidewalks and other bicycle and pedestrian friendly facilities.

For information on Bloomington's landmark plan to become one of the most bicycle friendly communities in the country, check out the final report of the Bloomington Platinum Biking Task Force, Breaking Away: Journey to Platinum.

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Leave a comment or suggestion about bicycling issues:

We're always interested in hearing new ideas and insights about how to make Bloomington more bikeable. Let us know what you think by giving us a call at (812) 349-3473 or by sending us an e-mail.

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