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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 16, 2014

Over two dozen new projects added to CMAP LTA program

Twenty-five new projects led by local governments and nonprofits will receive CMAP staff assistance or grants to drive implementation of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan. Read More About Over two dozen new projects added to CMAP LTA program
October 15, 2014

Community financing for innovative bicycle facilities

A June 2014 Advocacy Advance report from the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists, How Communities are Paying for Innovative On-street Bicycle Infrastructure ... Read More About Community financing for innovative bicycle facilities
October 9, 2014

GO TO 2040 updated in accordance with federal law

Please visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/2040 for all GO TO 2040 plan materials. Read More About GO TO 2040 updated in accordance with federal law
October 8, 2014

Bike lanes effect on motorist distance from cyclists when passing

Most studies concerned with the influence of on-street bike lanes on safety rely on crash data for evaluation, but a study from researchers at the University of Waterloo examined the lateral... Read More About Bike lanes effect on motorist distance from cyclists when passing
October 8, 2014

Review and ranking of metro area walkability

A  2014 report, Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America's Largest Metros , identifies what the authors call "WalkUPs" (Wakable Urban Places) in the country's 30... Read More About Review and ranking of metro area walkability
September 30, 2014

Study of protected bike lanes in the U.S.

Portland State University's National Institute of Transportation and Communities released a report that evaluates U.S. protected bicycle lanes (cycle tracks) in terms of their use,... Read More About Study of protected bike lanes in the U.S.
September 30, 2014

Upcoming PBIC webinar series

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) will offer a three-part webinar series in October focused on creating a safer bicycling environment through facility planning and... Read More About Upcoming PBIC webinar series
September 23, 2014

Report on the dangers of walking

Pedestrians accounted for nearly 15 percent of all traffic deaths in 2012, according to a new report from Smart Growth America, which is up 6 percent from the previous year and represents a... Read More About Report on the dangers of walking
September 16, 2014

AASHTO bicycle guide available as eBook

The American Association of State Highway Transportation Official's (AASHTO) Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, 4th Edition (2012) is now available as an eBook. The guide... Read More About AASHTO bicycle guide available as eBook
September 16, 2014

Safe Routes to School – advancing transportation and health

Safe transportation and the health benefits of active travel are at the core of the Federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program.  The National Center for Safe Routes to School, in... Read More About Safe Routes to School – advancing transportation and health
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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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