Success Stories

Abandoned Railroad Corridor Becomes Biker’s Paradise

Bike Pedestrian

An abandoned railroad corridor in the heart of Downtown Bloomington, IN, was transformed into a 3.1-mile shared use path and urban greenspace. Opened in September 2011 and serving as a “backbone” for the city’s bicycle and pedestrian network, the B-Line Trail enables users of all ages and abilities to more readily access downtown by bicycling and walking. The trail begins on the north west side of downtown, turns south through the Switchyard Property, and connects to the trailhead of the Bloomington Rail Trail.

The downtown sections of the B-Line Trail incorporate streetscape design features such as street name paver treatments at each crossing, drinking fountains, benches, and landscaping. Existing and new development adjacent to the trail such as hotels, grocery stores, coffee shops, single family homes, and retail stores have popularized the use of the trail as another piece of the city transportation network.

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