More Emphasis on Bike Safety as Number of Riders Increases


BY KELSEY O’CONNOR Bicycle commuting is being embraced in Bloomington to a far greater extent than the country as a whole. In 2012, 3.9 percent of all local commuters biked to work, more than six times the national average. Still, in a city famous for the Little 500 and Breaking Away, biking can be a dangerous and frustrating way to travel as many motorists and bikers lack an understanding of traffic laws, causing confusion and hostility. The City of Bloomington Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Commission has been working to create a safer environment for bike commuters and motorized vehicle operators alike. The commission launched the Civil Streets initiative in fall 2013 with the ongoing goal of reducing crashes, unsafe behaviors, [...]

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The Green Nursery Where Diapers Rule

Green Nursery

BY ADAM KENT-ISAAC Calling a business “our baby” is usually just a figure of speech. But in the case of The Green Nursery, operated by husband-and-wife team Scott and Abby Noroozi, it has literal meaning. It was the birth of their son, Avery, that inspired the Bloomington business that specializes in eco-friendly baby supplies. They started the business seven years ago on West Kirkwood, where they were the sole employees, and where they spent “several years in the red,” says Scott. Now they have a staff of seven, and a large, colorful storefront on East Hillside Drive at South Henderson Street, where they moved in April 2012. It took a lot of hard work to get the business where it [...]

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