ELYRIA — The city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee is preparing a bike map to plot routes through town for bicyclists to get from place to place more easily, and it is asking for residents to participate in a survey to make Elyria a more bike-friendly city.
A survey to gain input from residents about where they ride, where they want to ride, where bike parking is provided and where bike racks should be placed is available both online and in printed form.
The Bicycle Advisory Committee will use that information to do initial planning for the bike map and to help connect Elyria’s bike routes with neighboring cities.
The 11-question survey can be found online. Next week, paper surveys will be available in Elyria public libraries, at the Elyria Bicycle Education Center at 408 Middle Ave. and in the Student Center at Lorain County Community College.
(Hours at the Elyria Bicycle Education Center have changed and are 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 3 to 8 p.m. Thursdays as long as there are volunteers to help customers. Saturday hours are noon to 5 p.m.)
The survey is anonymous, and no personal information will be gathered other than the survey taker’s residential ward. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and will available through March 31.
Ed Stewart, chairman of the Bicycle Advisory Committee and president of the Elyria Bicycle Education Center, said the committee discussed the survey all of last year and it is “a good way for residents to buy into the project.
“Our committee is all experienced cyclists and Elyrians and we know the town intimately,” he said. “We’ve ridden every road in the city, so we have a pretty good idea of what’s what.”
“We’re getting some good results and good answers,” including to open-ended questions about bicyclists’ frustrations with traffic patterns or difficult streets, Stewart said, with both positive feedback and criticism appreciated.
Certain survey questions are aimed at specific areas of concern, including the safest intersection or intersections at which to cross state Route 57, Stewart said.
“Elyria’s not a bad town to ride a bike in, but our main issue is Route 57 — crossing Route 57 without the experience or training to do it,” he said.