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The Illinois Department of Transportation held a meeting in Moline Tuesday night to ask Quad City residents what it can do to make bicycling better in Illinois.

IDOT said it will use the feedback to create its first ever statewide bike transportation plan.  That plan will outline improvements that can be made in the Quad Cities as well as in other communities across the state. Then IDOT will be able to take that plan and make those changes or give cities the information they need to get the funding to make any changes themselves. 

IDOT said ultimately, the plan should result in more bike paths and lanes in the area as well as improvements to ones that already exist.

Local bicyclists said they're looking forward to those improvements. A handful of cyclists we spoke to Tuesday said several area bike paths are full of pot holes and very rocky. They also suggested cyclists and motorists could use more education on how to safely ride alongside each other.

Ed Barsotti with the League of Illinois Bicyclists said this plan is important because more people are biking in Illinois than ever before.

 "There's more people biking now - either by choice or by necessity," Barsotti said. "And we want to see Illinois become more bike friendly. That means more trails, more on road bike lanes, and it also means education for both bicyclists and motorists."

IDOT said it should have the plan finished by the end of this year. Then it hopes to start putting some of the recommendations into effect throughout 2014.

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