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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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October 10, 2017  

Nonprofit releases report on placemaking’s role in improving health

The Project for Public Spaces released The Case for Healthy Places – a report of peer-reviewed research on the relationship between placemaking and health, offering evidence-based guidance,... Read More About Nonprofit releases report on placemaking’s role in improving health
October 10, 2017  

PBIC white paper on improving ped-bike connections as part of bridge rehab

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) has published a white paper focusing on opportunities to reconnect bicycle and pedestrian networks through bridge rehabilitation projects.... Read More About PBIC white paper on improving ped-bike connections as part of bridge rehab
October 10, 2017  

ITEP call-for-projects announced by IDOT

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced the 2018 Illinois Transportation Enhancements Program (ITEP) grant application cycle.  ITEP provides funding for community-based... Read More About ITEP call-for-projects announced by IDOT
October 2, 2017  

Study tests systems to warn pedestrians of turning buses

The Transportation Research Record has published an article on a study to test three commercially available systems designed to warn pedestrians of turning transit buses.  The test... Read More About Study tests systems to warn pedestrians of turning buses
October 2, 2017  

Report on access to jobs by transit

As part of its Access Across America initiative, the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota published Access Across America: Transit 2014 , which examines the... Read More About Report on access to jobs by transit
September 25, 2017  

PBIC announces Walk Friendly Communities

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announced that seven communities renewed their Walk Friendly Communities status, including the City of Chicago (Gold-level). The other... Read More About PBIC announces Walk Friendly Communities
September 25, 2017  

Before-after study in Boston reveals connection between bicycle infrastructure and bicycle use and bicyclist safety

The American Journal of Public Health has published a study evaluating changes in bicycle use and cyclist safety in Boston, MA, following the rapid expansion of its bicycle infrastructure... Read More About Before-after study in Boston reveals connection between bicycle infrastructure and bicycle use and bicyclist safety
September 19, 2017  

New Bicycle Friendly Communities announced

  The League of American Bicyclists announced new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFCs), including renewing communities from our region: Chicago (Silver-level), Evanston... Read More About New Bicycle Friendly Communities announced
September 19, 2017  

NHTSA releases new, quiet-car standard to protect pedestrians

U.S. DOT's Fast Lane blog announced the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's issuance of a requirement for synthetic sound to be added to "quiet" cars (newly-manufactured... Read More About NHTSA releases new, quiet-car standard to protect pedestrians
September 12, 2017  

Active Trans Chicago River Trail Action Plan

The Active Transportation Alliance released the Chicago River Trail Action Plan .  The plan provides a vision and lays out key steps to create a continuous trail on the north and south... Read More About Active Trans Chicago River Trail Action Plan
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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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