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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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December 5, 2016  

Guide to integrate health into transportation corridor planning

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Health Working Group have developed an action-oriented framework for transportation practitioners wanting to incorporate health into their corridor... Read More About Guide to integrate health into transportation corridor planning
December 5, 2016  

NACTO publishes bike sharing station siting guide

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) has released a Bike Share Siting Guide , highlighting best practices in station placement and design. Bike share systems... Read More About NACTO publishes bike sharing station siting guide
November 28, 2016  

Report lists strategies for integrating freight into livable communities

A study by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities at Portland State University explores the relationship between freight and livability. After comprehensive literature... Read More About Report lists strategies for integrating freight into livable communities
November 28, 2016  

Report evaluates quality of new Complete Streets policies

The National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Grow America, released a report outlining the nation's best Complete Streets policies of 2015. The ranking included the Village of... Read More About Report evaluates quality of new Complete Streets policies
November 22, 2016  

City of Chicago publishes 2015 bikeways year-in-review report

The City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) have published their annual bikeway report . The document highlights that in 2015 CDOT installed 42 miles of new and... Read More About City of Chicago publishes 2015 bikeways year-in-review report
November 22, 2016  

Safety improvements for reducing crashes between large vehicles and pedestrians and bicyclists

A State Smart Transportation Initiative blog post discusses a new technology being tested by transit agencies in Washington State to help avoid bus-pedestrian crashes, which detects the... Read More About Safety improvements for reducing crashes between large vehicles and pedestrians and bicyclists
November 14, 2016  

New guide introduces placemaking to transportation field

Transportation for America has published an online tool to introduce placemaking to transportation planners, public works agencies, and local elected officials. The resource includes case... Read More About New guide introduces placemaking to transportation field
November 14, 2016  

Study analyzes Bike Score effectiveness

A study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity used linear regression to model associations between Bike Score® and journey-to-work cycling... Read More About Study analyzes Bike Score effectiveness
November 7, 2016  

Study links bicycle infrastructure to higher bicycle commuting rates

A study published in the Transportation Research Record affirms that providing bicycle lanes and paths encourages commuting by bike and that the presence of a bicycle lane or separated path... Read More About Study links bicycle infrastructure to higher bicycle commuting rates
November 7, 2016  

Article examines impact of workplace amenities on rates of bike commuting

An article in Transportation Research examines the role of amenities such as bicycle parking, cyclist showers, free car parking, and transit benefits as determinants of cycling to work. The... Read More About Article examines impact of workplace amenities on rates of bike commuting
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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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