bike laneROCKFORD – Continuing assistance for community development in Rockford, State Senator Steve Stadelman announced today that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is providing $146,000 in grants to improve a bike path in Rockford.

“The improvements to the Sports Core Recreation Path across Rockford will increase community engagement and activity, as well as provide a safer route for cyclists to travel,” said Stadelman (D-Rockford).

Over $2.1 million was awarded by IDNR through the latest round of the Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Program. The program provides financial assistance to help local units of government in the acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public off-road, non-motorized bicycle paths and related facilities, such as a drinking water and restrooms.

The proposed project in Rockford will replace the one-mile-long Sports Core Recreation Path to improve access for maintenance. Removing and replacing the path will allow it to be repaired with appropriate drainage. Four bridges will be treated for rust removal, prolonging their life and allowing the paths to remain open.

“Keeping this pathway open is important to residents who use and enjoy it every day. With this funding, we can make substantial improvements to safety for bicyclists,” Stadelman said. “Encouraging people to get outside and use bikeways reduces the environmental impact we can have and promotes outside activities for our community to stay happy and healthy.”

To learn more about the Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Program and grantees, visit the IDNR website.