Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton, 7-Line Cycling Network Achieved ISO Rating
Some people have questioned the design and purpose of the cycle path on Seventh Street, including criticism of emergency vehicle access, the cycle path being unused and blocked, and the lack of signage or marking of vehicles. streets making navigation difficult for drivers. What do you want citizens to know about the project, its purpose, and the remaining work schedule?
We are excited about the 7-Line! This is one of the seven Bicentennial Bond projects that I proposed and that the city council funded in 2018 as a gift for our future. Building on the hugely popular B-Line model, the 7-Line will make travel between the east and west sides of Bloomington easier and safer for more people who do not drive a car. This east-west multimodal corridor connecting the city and the IU campus will encourage and support walkers, cyclists and bus drivers – as well as electric scooters and skateboards and more. All of this contributes to improving our sustainability. The 0.72 mile stretch of East Seventh Street in the center of our city offers a protected cycle path, improved bus stops and accessible pedestrian features while improving comfort, safety and efficiency for all road users. road. Line 7 connects the city’s cycle network by providing connections to line B to the west and to extensions with the neighborhood greenways to the east after the ring road and finally to the 446.
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After only five months of construction, the first section of the 7-Line is almost ready for all users. The project east of Morton Street is expected to be completed by the end of this month, with Morton’s block to the B-Line shortly thereafter. Newly installed stop signs and electrical panels direct approaching traffic through intersecting streets to stop, as traffic along Line 7 will be open with fewer stops to make it easier to get around. Let’s all be especially careful in the coming months as people adjust to new lanes and traffic patterns. Access for emergency vehicles along or approaching Seventh Street is not impeded by the improvements. More information on https://bloomington.in.gov/engineering/projects/7th. Stay tuned for the launch announcement of this exciting improvement for our city!
The city’s fire department recently celebrated obtaining an Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating. How does this rating benefit the residents of Bloomington and what does the city plan to do to ensure the fire department maintains its ability to protect the community?
Bloomingtonians should be happy and proud to live in the first city in Indiana to receive a 1 / 1x rating from the Bureau of Insurance Services. Fast response times, great fire equipment / technology, a great water system with more than enough pressure and volume, and our state-of-the-art dispatch center all contribute to the ranking. Bloomington ISO – something only 1 out of 200 departments nationwide achieves.
The outstanding rating reflects the city’s excellent record in fire protection, the most basic measure of which is zero fire deaths within city limits in four years. It also reflects the excellent training of our firefighters – far exceeding national and state requirements – which has saved nine lives since 2016. The Bloomington Fire Department has improved its rating twice since 2016, as has the BFD, the City of Bloomington Utilities and Central Dispatch. all worked together on improvements, including improved equipment, training, and adherence to National Fire Protection Association standards.
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The highest rating assures us that we have top notch service in the event of a fire. And also potential reductions in insurance costs for homeowners and commercial property. BFD’s dedication to prevention programs, inspections and education has resulted in a 25% reduction in service calls in the past four years compared to the previous decade.
Strong leadership and dedicated staff, coupled with the capital improvements made possible by the local public safety tax passed in 2016, were key to Bloomington’s achievement of an ISO score of 1 / 1x. Thank you to the local income tax council for approving this essential measure and to community taxpayers for their contributions which have made this very efficient basic public service possible. Above all, thanks to our public security staff, who protect us all so well 24/7.
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