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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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July 26, 2016  

Report on physical activity as a solution for obesity

The Food and Nutrition Board – part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Institute of Medicine – has released a summary of an April 2015 workshop that explored... Read More About Report on physical activity as a solution for obesity
July 26, 2016  

Study explores drivers’ compliance with pedestrian signage

A  study by the Center for Urban Transportation Research for the Florida Department of Transportation explores driver compliance at signalized intersections with signs aimed at increasing... Read More About Study explores drivers’ compliance with pedestrian signage
July 18, 2016  

FTA web page on bicycle-related funding opportunities

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has created a page listing the FTA's many bicycle-related infrastructure funding opportunities aimed at improving personal mobility and public... Read More About FTA web page on bicycle-related funding opportunities
July 18, 2016  

Pedestrian and bicycle road safety assessments summarized in new report

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has published a document summarizing the results of 52 road safety assessments (RSA) from across the country as part of the Secretary of... Read More About Pedestrian and bicycle road safety assessments summarized in new report
July 11, 2016  

Report reviews transportation accessibility progress and problems

The National Council on Disability has updated its influential 2005 report, The Current State of Transportation For People With Disabilities in the United States . The new report, ... Read More About Report reviews transportation accessibility progress and problems
July 11, 2016  

Free album of high-quality “everyday cycling” photos

PeopleForBikes and the Green Lane Project have created an album of "everyday bicycling" photos for journalists and advocates to access high-resolution photographs of adults, kids, and... Read More About Free album of high-quality “everyday cycling” photos
July 5, 2016  

Study finds that bicycle helmet laws are not a factor in reducing bike-injury hospitalizations

A Canadian study examined bicycling hospitalization rates in jurisdictions with different helmet legislation and bicycling mode shares to determine whether hospitalization rates were related... Read More About Study finds that bicycle helmet laws are not a factor in reducing bike-injury hospitalizations
July 5, 2016  

U.S. DOT Fast Lane blog post touts road diets

A recent post by FHWA administrator Gregory Nadeau for the Fast Lane blog describes road diets and their benefits in relation to safety and traffic operations, traffic calming, the... Read More About U.S. DOT Fast Lane blog post touts road diets
June 27, 2016  

Active Transportation Alliance accepting “Healthy HotSpot” applications

The Active Transportation Alliance announced the second round of the Healthy HotSpot planning assistance program, which provides assistance to suburban Cook County communities to develop active... Read More About Active Transportation Alliance accepting “Healthy HotSpot” applications
June 27, 2016  

CDC launches a Built Environment Assessment Tool

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Community Health, as part of its "Making Healthy Living Easier" initiative, has produced the Built Environment Assessment Tool (BE... Read More About CDC launches a Built Environment Assessment Tool
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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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