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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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November 23, 2015  

Best practices for reimagining streets as places

The Project for Public Spaces has written an article on " Streets as Places ." It looks at the role street design plays in aiding or thwarting a sense of community. Also, the best-planned... Read More About Best practices for reimagining streets as places
November 23, 2015  

Report quantifies benefits of designing active cities

Active Living Research has published a report outlining how cities with more physically active populations benefit in a myriad of ways. The report's underlying premise is that an active city... Read More About Report quantifies benefits of designing active cities
November 17, 2015  

Safe Routes to School reports address equity and community violence

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) National Partnership has released two reports that explore how social inequities and the threat of violence can impede active transportation in low-income... Read More About Safe Routes to School reports address equity and community violence
November 17, 2015  

Walkability workbook provides communities technical assistance

The Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, together with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Project for Public Spaces, and AECOM, have published the Walkability Workbook... Read More About Walkability workbook provides communities technical assistance
November 10, 2015  

AARP develops livability fact sheets

AARP, in partnership with the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, created the Livability Fact Sheets series to help provide practical assistance and resources for cities and... Read More About AARP develops livability fact sheets
November 10, 2015  

Designing safer cities

A   report from the World Resources Institute highlights how the 1.24 million global annual traffic fatalities are a critical issue that hampers economic development and that developing... Read More About Designing safer cities
November 4, 2015  

Adopting Accessibility Standards

What makes for a "livable community?"  GO TO 2040 , the comprehensive regional plan for northeastern Illinois, envisions a region with a dynamic economy, abundant open spaces, a strong... Read More About Adopting Accessibility Standards
November 2, 2015  

New round of bicycle friendly communities announced

The League of American Bicyclists recently announced 42 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC).  New Bronze level awardees included three from the Northeastern Illinois... Read More About New round of bicycle friendly communities announced
November 2, 2015  

Active Transportation Alliance envisions “Bikeways for All”

Active Transportation Alliance has produced a report laying out a vision of 180 miles of new low-stress bicycle routes for the City of Chicago, which includes upgrading 91 miles of existing... Read More About Active Transportation Alliance envisions “Bikeways for All”
November 2, 2015  

City of Chicago 2014 year-in-review report on bikeways

The City of Chicago and Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)'s " 2014 Bikeways – Year in Review " reports that CDOT, in 2014, installed 51.25 miles of new and restriped bikeways,... Read More About City of Chicago 2014 year-in-review report on bikeways
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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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