BLOOMINGTON – The City of Bloomington invites community members to a ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. marking the completion of the 7-Line, a transformation of 7th Street providing a protected east-west bicycle lane, improved bus stops, and improved pedestrian features. The ribbon-cutting will be held in the parking lot on the north side of East 7th Street between Morton Street and the B-Line Trail.
The multimodal corridor connects the B-Line, downtown, the Indiana University campus, and neighborhoods on the city’s east and west sides while improving comfort, safety, and efficiency for all road users. Those attending the event are encouraged to arrive by bicycle to participate in the ceremonial bicycle ribbon-breaking that will conclude the event, or–also in the multimodal spirit–on foot or via transit.
Mayor John Hamilton will offer remarks together with Siân Mooney, dean, Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Jeanne Smith, Bikesmiths founder/owner; and Beth Rosenbarger, planning services manager, City of Bloomington Planning and Transportation Department.
BACKGROUND: Building on the success and transformative effect of the B-Line Trail, the 7-Line is one of seven Bicentennial Bond projects proposed by Mayor John Hamilton and approved by City Council in 2018. Extending from the B-Line Trail to Woodlawn Avenue, the first phase of the 7th Street improvements extends 0.72 miles.