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Make bikes part of plan

Published: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

McHenry County Board, please maintain the bicycle-pedestrian portion of the June 2013 proposed 2040 Transportation Plan budget.

To those members from the 2nd District, specifically Transportation Committee member Ken Koehler, remember the city of Crystal Lake supports three vibrant bike shops.

While roads are primarily constructed for commerce, there also be should consideration for alternative means of transportation. What this means for the nonbicycling public is that if county roads are to be rebuilt, the county should, at a minimum, consider alternative means of transportation in the design process (i.e. walking and bicycling).

Obviously, bike trails and bike lanes are ideal, but we’d settle for better signage as a first step.

For those who react to this request by saying that you should not have to pay for our “hobby” or means of exercise, don’t worry. The fuel taxes and licensing feesbicyclists pay for our automobiles already support the county roads.

Follow the city of Crystal Lake’s lead and begin to at least think about making bicycle transportation within the county a viable option.

Again, your constituents support three bike shops within the city, and this support was evident this past August at the second annual Crystal Lake Night Owl Bike Ride, where about 300 riders rode through the streets at midnight. Our youngest participant was 7, and the oldest was 71. In between, were a good number of bicyclists who vote.

Ron Eberle

Crystal Lake

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