Screen shows a bike line and reads: Unveiling ceremony for the City of Bloomington’s first protected bike line. Nov. 10, 2020.
Mayor of Bloomington John Hamilton is seen speaking to a socially distanced crowd.
Hamilton: I’m going to quote to somebody who over the weekend — I’m going to paraphrase her, but she said “I’m the first, but not the last.” But we’re going to call this the first but not the last, dedicated bike lane in Bloomington. People come together in communities so we can be together, do lot of things together. We need to get around together, and bike lanes are a big part of that.
People on bikes are seen pedaling down the path.
Mallory Rickbeil, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, is seen on screen.
Rickbeil: I think it started — I think — four years ago when we realized we had to make some adjustments to this intersection. And we’re just going to keep building protected bike lines because this is what we know that people who are interested in bike commuting behavior, as a form of transportation, who are interesting in biking for transportation but have concerns, this is going to be the one thing that enables them to do that.
Dr. Kelly Clark, a bicycle and pedestrian safety commission member, is seen on screen being interviewed in front of the lane.
Clark: Having both of these installations put into place I think is going to make it a much more pleasant commute to downtown for everybody over here on the west side.
Beth Rosenbarger is seen on screen next. She is the planning services manager of the City of Bloomington.
Rosenbarger: By separating the modes and providing a safe and comfortable space, we’re really helping improve safety.
City Council President Stephen Volan addresses the crowd.
Volan: Isn’t it clear how useful this is and how useless the width of this road otherwise would have been? It’s a perfect use case for this extra set of road and we can stand to see this in many other places.
Mark Strosberg, bicycle and pedestrian safety commission member, is seen on screen.
Strosberg: Things like getting to your job at a fast food restaurant that might be over there, or picking things up at the hardware store, it’s now going to be to be more comfortable with a protected bike lane.
The first cyclist pedals through a ribbon at the ceremony.
The screen reads: A special thank you to all residents, city staff, commission members, Mayor John Hamilton and City Council for making this project possible.
Luke Christopher Norton created this video as part of a service learning project arranged by The Media School.