Palos Park Bikeways and Trails Plan
UPDATE: Draft Plan is complete and was adopted by the Village Council on June 11.
For additional information and project documents for the project, please see the external project website.
The Village of Palos Park Bikeways and Trails Plan is focused on improving bicycle and pedestrian connectivity throughout the Village of Palos Park. Working with Village officials and staff, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), and project stakeholders, Sam Schwartz Engineering will develop a plan to connect Village neighborhoods and destinations, including nearby regional trails and neighboring communities.
The overarching goal of the Palos Park Bikeways and Trails Plan is to improve the Village’s mobility network by providing bicycle connectivity throughout the Village and to nearby key destinations. These include the non-contiguous sections of the Village, neighboring communities, the Cal-Sag and Sag Valley Trails and other Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC) amenities. The plan will strive to ensure the safety, comfort, and convenience of bicyclists within the study area and promote the livability and transportation principles of GO TO 2040 and ON TO 2050.
Specifically, the Bikeways and Trails Plan will:
- Develop a proposed bikeway and trail network to provide connections between the various parts of the Village, existing and proposed FPDCC properties and facilities, neighboring communities, and important destinations throughout the area.
- Identify strategies to create safe bicycling and walking conditions along the proposed network and at key destinations throughout the Village and nearby Forest Preserve properties, and to advance objectives stated in previous plans and initiatives of the Village of Palos Park and FPDCC.
- Undertake outreach and public engagement to assist in development of the plan, educating the public, and raising the awareness of bicycling and walking as both recreational activities and viable transportation options. Coordinate these outreach efforts with bicycle and trail user groups and organizations, school and park districts, neighboring communities, councils of government, transit agencies, and other key stakeholders.
- Develop strategies to increase bicycle and pedestrian access to transit and to increase safety along and across major arterial roads (e.g. Illinois Route 83, Illinois Route 171, Illinois Route 7, and U.S. Highway 45, as well as Archer Avenue, Bell Road, Main Street, McCarthy Road, 131st Street, Wolf Road, 86th Street, etc.).
- Include a strong implementation strategy that includes prioritization of projects, project feasibility, and alignment with available financial resources.
John O’Neal, CMAP, Project Manager, Transportation Planner (firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-386-88822)
Stacey Meekins, Sam Schwartz Engineering, Project Manager (d email@example.com or 773-208-3524)
Lauren Pruss, Community Development Director, Village of Palos Park (LPruss@palospark.org or 708-671-3732)