Village wants, but cannot afford, more bicycle paths
by Martha Quetsch
Until Elburn can afford additional bicycle paths in the village, commuters who bike to the Metra station must use the streets, a practice the village encourages but wants to make safe.
Toward that goal, the village is working with the League of Illinois Bicyclists on a grant-funded brochure of the safest and most practical routes to and from the station.
Included in the guide will be a map of those routes, which the League recently developed and presented to the Planning Commission last week.
â€œWe tried to include routes from every area of the village, so it should be easy for any resident to find the best route to the Elburn station,â€ League project planner Jessica Thompson said.
The guide is expected to be finished in May. Residents will be able to view it on the village website, www.elburn.il.us, or obtain a copy from Village Hall.
The guide will contain safety tips and a map with preferred bicycle routes within a five-mile radius of the Metra station in Elburn.
Village officials wish those routes included additional bike paths, but Elburn cannot afford to install them, Community Development Director Erin Willrett said.
Planning Commissioner John Krukoff wants more paths connecting to Metra and to area trails, because he is concerned about people who bike along Keslinger Road.
Willrett said the only way Elburn could build more paths is through developer contributions or a surplus in the village budget, neither of which is expected soon.
During pre-annexation talks several years ago for the Blackberry Creek development, village officials successfully negotiated for developer-contributed bike paths in the subdivision.