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State studies cycling in the QCA

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The Illinois DOT is looking for ways to make the QCA more bike-friendly. The Illinois DOT is looking for ways to make the QCA more bike-friendly.

Getting the public's input across the state, Illinois department officials stopped in the Quad Cities today to discuss a first ever statewide bicycle transportation plan.
Representatives wanted to know how you think the state can make bicycling better in the QCA.

Today's beautiful weather had cyclists across the QCA gearing up to go for a ride. Cyclists like Austen Willhite and Wesley Graham try to hit the trails as much as they can.

"As much as we can, we try," said Willhite. "We go all the way through Cordova on the bike path all the way through here."
And with how often they ride, they say they've noticed some problems on area bike paths.

"There's sometimes a lot of potholes in places," said Graham. "A lot of dirt will get washed up on it." 
Local bike activist Donnie Miller agrees and brought that issue and more to tonight's meeting with the Illinois Department of Transportation as it seeks input for a statewide bike plan.

"The biggest problem I see is a lack of maintenance on area bike paths due to dwindling city budgets," said Miller.
I-DOT and a consulting team will take these concerns and come up with a plan to make bicycling easier in Illinois. The plan will also include ways for cities to get funding to make any possible improvements a reality.

"We want to see Illinois become more bike friendly," said Ed Barsotti of the League of Illinois Bicyclists. "That means more trails, more on-road bike lanes, and it also means education for both bicyclists and motorists."
The cyclists we talked to say they're happy the state wants to make their experience even better. 

Outside the Moline Public Library where the Illinois Department of Transportation held tonight's meeting, the said it expects to draw up the official plan by the end of the year and hopes it will go into effect sometime next year.


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