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Walking and Bicycling

A good walking and bicycling environment is essential for our region. Prosperity depends on mobility, and this means not only our ability to travel across the country and around the world, but to get to local commerce, schools, health facilities, parks, government buildings, family, friends, and colleagues.

While autos or transit are appropriate for many of these trips, most also involve walking or bicycling part of the way. Barriers to pedestrians, bicyclists, and pedestrians with disabilities can discourage mobility, require expensive auto trips, or even prevent trips.

CMAP is working with its partners to improve conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists throughout the region. We strive to make travel by foot and bicycle safe. We are working to make the region accessible to people with disabilities, including people who use wheelchairs, walkers, and white canes. We are helping government agencies to plan and build sidewalks and bikeways -- both local bikeways and regional trails. We're helping communities get the technical information they need to build vibrant, walkable business districts. CMAP is encouraging subdivision design that provides connectivity between jobs, housing, schools, and parks. And we are promoting walking and bicycling as efficient, healthy, and fun ways to travel.

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February 25, 2015

Webinar: Mapping bicycle stress-level

Traditional bike maps and analysis tools don't always tell the whole story. A free webinar on Friday, February 27 from 11:00 a.m. to noon CT will teach attendees a new way to map routes and... Read More About Webinar: Mapping bicycle stress-level
February 23, 2015

Webinar on speed management for pedestrian and bicycle safety

The National Highway Institute will present a free webinar on speed management to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from noon – 1:30 p.m. CT. Advance ... Read More About Webinar on speed management for pedestrian and bicycle safety
February 23, 2015

Chicago bike lane among America’s 10 best new bike lanes

The City of Chicago's Broadway Avenue facility, which runs for approximately a quarter-mile through a busy commercial district in the Uptown neighborhood, was among PeopleForBikes' ten best... Read More About Chicago bike lane among America’s 10 best new bike lanes
February 19, 2015

Bicycle Friendly Communities

The League of American Bicyclists announced 55 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) in all 50 states. The program is intended to encourage communities to improve conditions for... Read More About Bicycle Friendly Communities
February 19, 2015

Bikeshare study interviews experts and surveys users

The Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University has released a report evaluating public bikesharing in North America. It reviews the change in travel behavior exhibited by... Read More About Bikeshare study interviews experts and surveys users
February 11, 2015

CMAQ and TAP call-for-projects due date approaching

CMAP has released the next call for projects for the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program ( CMAQ ) and Transportation Alternatives Program ( TAP ). The Project Application... Read More About CMAQ and TAP call-for-projects due date approaching
February 11, 2015

Webinar on BIKESAFE

The Federal Highway Administration recently updated the Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System , commonly known as BIKESAFE, to reflect the latest research and best... Read More About Webinar on BIKESAFE
February 11, 2015

Projects selected for 2014 SRTS funding cycle announced

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced 58 projects , totaling $5.9 million, for the 2014 Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS).  Thirty-four of the 58 projects,... Read More About Projects selected for 2014 SRTS funding cycle announced
February 6, 2015

Webinar on new guide for creating walkable and bikeable communities

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released "A Resident's Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Bicycling," a free guide offering step-by-step instructions for residents... Read More About Webinar on new guide for creating walkable and bikeable communities
February 6, 2015

Webinar on top Complete Streets policies of 2014

Smart Growth America's National Complete Streets Coalition will host a webinar on the top 2014 policies on Tuesday, February 10 from noon to 1:00 p.m. CT. Complete Streets policies –... Read More About Webinar on top Complete Streets policies of 2014
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As GO TO 2040 states, the region's transportation system has, throughout our history, been a foundation of our success. The plan goes on to point out, however, that the majority of this system's infrastructure was built decades ago and is in need of repair and modernization. This modernization is seen as essential to our region's future prosperity.

While the need for modernization extends to many elements and aspects of the transportation system, providing safe and convenient accommodation for bicyclists and pedestrians on the region's network of roads is an important part of modernization. Creating "Complete Streets," which serve all anticipated users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, persons with mobility impairments, and transit riders, is an important goal if we hope to achieve a modern, efficient, and sustainable transportation system. So too is the development of a region-wide, network of trails and other off-road facilities, which provide both transportation and recreational opportunities on the local and regional scales.

CMAP's Bicycle and Pedestrian program is dedicated to helping make safe, accessible, and well-designed bicycle and pedestrian networks a reality in communities across the region. The program is equally dedicated to helping create and advance the skills, knowledge, long-term commitments, and cultural shifts that are needed to envision and build these networks, and to fully activate them with users. We seek to achieve these ends:

  • through collaboration and interaction with our partners and stakeholders (most notably through the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force);
  • through the development and dissemination of information, data, analysis, tools, and other resources designed to help communities, agencies, organizations, and individuals envision, plan, and create pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly communities;
  • through development of, sponsorship, and participation in public programming and training events; and
  • through the development and management of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement and Transportation Alternatives (TAP) programs, and through participation in sub-regional and state programming activities, which fund bicycle and pedestrian projects.

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