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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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April 27, 2015

Illinois Department of Transportation announces infrastructure tour

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced an infrastructure listening tour to "start a statewide conversation that lays the groundwork for a realistic, sustainable plan... Read More About Illinois Department of Transportation announces infrastructure tour
April 21, 2015

People for Bikes quotes and statistics from implementers

People for Bikes has put together a web page that collects quotes and statistics from studies, plans, and reports on the benefits of installing protected bike lanes.  The information is... Read More About People for Bikes quotes and statistics from implementers
April 21, 2015

America Walks – Project for Public Spaces webinar

America Walks will host " Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper – And Healthier " on Thursday, April 23 at noon CT.  As part of the America Walks " Take Action at the Local Level " webinar series, the... Read More About America Walks – Project for Public Spaces webinar
April 14, 2015

Transportation and public health

The Federal Highways Administration's bimonthly magazine, Public Roads, published an article examining how transportation affects public health.  The article gives an overview of the... Read More About Transportation and public health
April 14, 2015

U.S. DOT announces Mayors’ Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets

U.S. DOT is encouraging mayors and local elected to participate in the Mayors' Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets this March and commit to helping their communities undertake seven... Read More About U.S. DOT announces Mayors’ Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets
April 7, 2015

Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties

Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) helps local elected officials develop long-term, sustainable, and holistic strategies to promote improved nutrition and increased physical... Read More About Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties
April 7, 2015

Case studies on bicycle and pedestrian maintenance

Advocacy Advance – a partnership of the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking and Walking – released the report, " How Communities are Paying to Maintain Trails, Bike Lanes,... Read More About Case studies on bicycle and pedestrian maintenance
April 7, 2015

CMAQ/TAP project applications review

The call for projects for the FFY 2016-2020 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program and FFY 2015-2016 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) has closed, and... Read More About CMAQ/TAP project applications review
April 7, 2015

Video tour of Bloomingdale Trail

CBS Chicago featured a video tour of the Bloomingdale Trail, the 2.7 mile centerpiece of "The 606" network of parks and trails.  Construction on the trail is ramping up in advance of the... Read More About Video tour of Bloomingdale Trail
April 7, 2015

U.S. Department of Transportation announces TIGER grant funding

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced that $500 million will be made available through the seventh round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic... Read More About U.S. Department of Transportation announces TIGER grant funding
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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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