The City of Bloomington will celebrate the completion of the 7-Line protected bike lane Wednesday morning after five months of construction.
Mayor John Hamilton will speak at 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot on the north side of East Seventh Street between Morton Street and the B-Line Trail. According to a city press release, those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive by bike, foot, or public transit.
The 7-Line multimodal corridor connects the B-Line Trail to the Indiana University campus. It is nearly three-quarters of a mile long and is the first two-way protected bike lane in the city.
The entire project took place between existing curbs, meaning the city removed all on-street parking to make room for the new bike lane on the south side of the road.
Each traffic lane is still 10 feet wide, the same width as before. However, the new lanes are bordered by curbs instead of parking spaces.
The changes are supposed to reduce speed and clear a path for buses.
The new bike lane meant removing one bus stop along Seventh Street in September to facilitate the flow of traffic.
Additionally, the city removed all stop signs on East Seventh Street between Walnut Street and Indiana Avenue in October. East-west traffic along the corridor is no longer required to stop at intersections.
While some changes were anticipated, other updates popped up throughout construction.
For example, Bloomington Transit and Indiana University buses struggled to turn onto Seventh Street from Indiana Avenue because of the new curb.
Based on feedback from both transit services, the city removed and redesigned about 10 feet of curb at this intersection last month.