The brand new $12 million B-Line trail opened Thursday. The festivities began with bike decorating at Mills Pool and concluded at the B-Line trail near Grimes Lane with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Before cyclists, who were being referred to as the “B-Line Express,” left Mills Pool, city officials and volunteers set up tents for bike decorating. Since they would be the first to cross over the new Grimes Lane bridge, they wanted to look their best.
“I love the B-Line trail,” said volunteer Chris Bentley, who was the first to arrive. ” I think that it’s one of the greatest assets that Bloomington has.”
IU Health officials were also in attendance and came prepared.
“We’re here today to make sure that everyone has a helmet for safety,” IU Community Health Program Manager Shelia Evans said.
Open For Business
As bikers made their way down the new Bloomington trail, local businesses cheered them on and handed out food and hot drinks. Le Petit Cafe owner Marina Ballor-Fiore leaned out of her trailside window to give bikers hot chocolate.
“Oh actually the B-Line has been very helpful to us,” she said. “Not just helpful to us at Le Petit Cafe but to us downtown.”
City officials said that is exactly what they hoped for.
“We’re already seeing a surge of investments of businesses both on and near the trail,” Mayor Mark Kruzan said before the ribbon cutting.
The B-line Trail is a total of 3.1 miles and runs from Adams Street through downtown Bloomington to Country Club Drive where it meets the Bloomington Rail Trail.
Bloomington officials hope to eventually link all trails in the city to create one large network of biking and walking trails for local residents.
Take a Photo Tour of the B-Line
Click on the different colored parts of the trail to take a photo tour of the B-line trail or click here to go to a full screen view of the map (Firefox or Safari Browsers preferred).
Red = B-line Trail, Phase 1
Blue = B-line Trail, Phase 2
Green = Bloomington Rail Trail
View B-Line Trail in a larger map