Aurora Launches Bicycle Advisory Board

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A unanimous vote by The Aurora City Council established a Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee this week, according to the Chicago Tribune. The board will consist of seven members, and will focus on making the city more bike- and pedestrian-friendly.

The plan was originally created by the Aurora City Council in 2009, and since then, many improvements for bikers and pedestrians have been made; one popular addition is “The Green Mile,” which is a green path along River St., making downtown more accessible and the route safer.

Even still, Aurora could benefit from adding more accommodations for bicyclists, residents say. Although the committee has yet to be formed, a few goals are already set: they plan to improve bikeway and sidewalk connections to transit facilities and neighborhoods, hire a staff member who can coordinate implementation of different plans, and incorporate bicycle and pedestrian projects into the city’s Capital Improvement Program.

Officials have already received more than double the applications needed to fill the advisory committee. However, those who serve on the board must represent the city’s geographic diversity, says Alex Voigt, a management analyst for the mayor’s office.

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several 5Ks, and completed her first half marathon in July 2015. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism.