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Park Forest bike lanes could be ready by spring

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Updated: February 28, 2013 6:52AM



Park Forest is working at becoming “more bike- and pedestrian-friendly,” but the work isn’t done quite yet, village manager Tom Mick said Friday.

The reminder might be needed after one family had two recent scares.

Linda Lott said family members were biking along Orchard Drive in what they thought was a biking lane and were “run off the road.” And while driving her car, Lott “almost got nailed” at the intersection of Orchard and Westwood Drive by someone driving “in the wrong lane,” she said.

But village officials said it is not yet a bike lane.

“Clearly, it is not marked because it isn’t a bike lane,” Mick said.

Ultimately, there will be a two-mile bike lane along Orchard, connecting riders from the Old Plank Road Trail to the downtown area.

That could happen as early as this spring, after a final layer of asphalt and striping are added on Orchard, Mick said.

For now, the solid white line along the side of the road delineates space for contractors to work as they install streetlights and sidewalks, he said.



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