As part of the recent roadway resurfacing program improvements along Georgetown Drive and Cimarron Drive in Cary, newly designated bicycle routes have been established to connect the numerous parks and trails in the area.The work along Georgetown Drive includes the Village of Cary’s first example of on-street bicycle lanes.
One of the goals for the bicycle route striping is enhanced roadway safety, and the new lane configuration helps vehicles and bicycles position themselves better to share the road. In addition, the narrower travel lanes encourage slower traffic on what was previously a very wide section of pavement.
“Ride Illinois applauds Cary’s striping of on-road bikeway connections on Georgetown Drive,” Ride Illinois Chief Programs Officer Ed Barsotti stated. “The stripes are a win-win for cyclists and neighboring residents: making bicycle riding more comfortable while reducing dangerous speeding through neighborhoods and near parks.”
When added in conjunction with other ongoing roadway maintenance projects like asphalt resurfacing, on-street bicycle lanes are also a low cost means of encouraging “green” non-motorized modes of transportation. The new bicycle routes added with this year’s resurfacing program, along with another route along West Main Street through the Greenfields subdivision, connect popular outdoor destinations such as Hoffman Park, Kaper Park, Greenfields Park, and the paved trail alongside Cary-Algonquin Road.
McHenry County Bicycle Advocates President Eberhard Veit added, “The McHenry County Bicycle Advocates encourages all municipalities to work on connecting bicycle trails to form a grid of bicycle and pedestrian-friendly routes, and it is especially important to review striping options and connectivity when roads are up for maintenance and resurfacing,”
The road resurfacing work was completed earlier this summer, with the final striping and bicycle route signage anticipated to be installed later this month.