Park Forest Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
From its history as one of the first American planned communities to its preservation of natural resources like the Central Park Wetlands, the Village of Park Forest has demonstrated its commitment to growing sustainably. In partnership with CMAP, the Village furthered those priorities with the 2012 creation of its Sustainability Plan called Growing Green, which covered a variety of topics from development patterns to energy and water use. Growing Green recommended strategies related to nonmotorized transportation and set the goal of becoming a more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly community. To implement these actions, Park Forest is now undergoing a bike and pedestrian planning project.
With support from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, this Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan will be built around a community-based process that reflects the interests and diverse needs of the community. Key themes of this plan will include connecting cyclists to local amenities and destinations; linking local facilities to the regional greenway system; and creating implementable actions that can be incorporated easily into the Village's capital planning. Additional attention will be placed on safety and accessibility.
This planning process, which is designed to be completed in approximately 12 months, consists of three main phases. The first phase assesses the existing conditions of nonmotorized transportation in the Village, including stakeholder and public engagement. During the second phase, initial recommendations will be created and vetted with the project's steering committee and Village staff. The third phase will include plan creation, community feedback, and plan adoption.
Community stakeholders will be engaged through summer 2014, with a public kick-off and visioning meeting slated for September 2014. Please check back for updates.
Sarah Coulter, Village of Park Forest Sustainability Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-283-5660)
Lindsay Bayley, CMAP Senior Planner (email@example.com or 312-386-8826)