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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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February 21, 2017  

NHTSA publishes primer for advancing pedestrian and bicyclist safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published, " Advancing Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety: A Primer for Highway Safety Professionals ." The primer is intended for highway safety... Read More About NHTSA publishes primer for advancing pedestrian and bicyclist safety
February 21, 2017  

Review of studies on the effect of portable electronic devices on pedestrian safety

The United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Behavioral Safety Research has published a literature review on the effect of... Read More About Review of studies on the effect of portable electronic devices on pedestrian safety
February 13, 2017  

Report compares bikeway networks and design in Netherlands and U.S.

A report from the Federal Highway Administration's Global Benchmarking Program explores similarities and differences in the approach to bicycle network planning and facility design in the... Read More About Report compares bikeway networks and design in Netherlands and U.S.
February 13, 2017  

Cook County DOT announces competitive grant program

The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways has announced Invest in Cook, a competitive transportation grant program to help fund improvements on local transportation... Read More About Cook County DOT announces competitive grant program
February 6, 2017  

Transportation Alternatives Program Performance Management Guidebook

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) developed a guidebook to provide sample performance objectives and measures that states, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and project... Read More About Transportation Alternatives Program Performance Management Guidebook
February 6, 2017  

Guidebook for Developing Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures

U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration has published a guidebook to help governmental agencies at all levels develop performance measures that can fully integrate... Read More About Guidebook for Developing Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures
February 6, 2017  

Article questions the functionality of large U.S. fire trucks

An article in Fire Chief by retired Battalion Chief of the Chesterfield (VA) Fire and EMS Department and current president of Prevention Connection International argues that American fire... Read More About Article questions the functionality of large U.S. fire trucks
January 23, 2017  

Primer on incorporating on-street bicycle facilities into resurfacing projects

The Federal Highway Administration, with Toole Design Group and Cambridge Systematics, has published a workbook for municipalities, counties, state departments of transportation, and other... Read More About Primer on incorporating on-street bicycle facilities into resurfacing projects
January 23, 2017  

New federal safety measures include walking and bicycling

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration has published new safety performance measures as part of its national safety program that calls for state and regional... Read More About New federal safety measures include walking and bicycling
January 17, 2017  

An automated sidewalk quality and safety assessment tool

The Georgia Department of Transportation and the Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development, and Education Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology have published a... Read More About An automated sidewalk quality and safety 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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