Good for the village council for its unanimous support of an application for a state grant to fund creation of bike lanes on four local streets. The village should know by next summer if it made the cut in the application process.

Bikes are now a permanent and positive part of transportation in an urban village such as Forest Park. Actively facilitating safe and sound routes — north and south, east and west — is a boon to both cyclists and drivers who sometimes coexist with some tension.

The proposal, not cheap at nearly $300,000, also includes 10 new bike parking facilities. These are more secure and covered locations that will make biking within the village easier and more purposeful.

We’ll cross our fingers that this grant comes through.