LTA SSMMA Complete Streets and Trails Plan

Aug 17, 2017

A Complete Streets and Trails Plan for South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association/South Council of Mayors

Update: The South Council of Mayors / SSMMA Complete Streets and Trails Plan was approved by the SSMMA Executive Committee in June 2017. Final plan is below.

The South Council of Mayors, housed at the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA), is one of 11 subregional councils established by CMAP to provide local input into the transportation planning process, facilitate communication between local governments, establish priorities for the local Surface Transportation Program, and implement programmed projects. The South Council is composed of 35 municipalities in South Cook and Southeast Will Counties.

In 2008, SSMMA completed its first bicycle plan, which has guided member communities in their efforts to improve conditions for bicycling and increase the number of persons who choose to bicycle for both recreation and transportation in the south suburbs. Since the plan's adoption, several member communities have completed bicycle and active transportation plans and, in some cases, constructed new bicycle facilities. New approaches to design and policy have also emerged to support non-motorized transportation. Lastly, the 2008 plan was exclusively focused on bicycling and did not directly address walking or non-motorized access to transit.

The CMAP Local Technical Assistance program is assisting SSMMA and the South Council to build on these earlier efforts and develop a Complete Streets and Trails Plan. This plan will update and expand the 2008 SSMMA Bicycle Plan for the South Council of Mayors area, identifying priority regional corridors and making planning-level recommendations for improving pedestrian conditions and access to public transit along them. In addition, the plan will outline a process for incorporating recommendations into the Surface Transportation Program which may include performance-based measures. The final phase of the planning process will be to identify several communities where a Complete Streets policy would be desirable, and conduct outreach activities to help them move toward adoption of a Complete Streets policy with the assistance of the Active Transportation Alliance.

Public Engagement

The public outreach effort for this project will include a survey of all 35 member municipalities, public transportation service providers, and forest preserve districts in the South Council of Mayors.  The survey will allow the project team to obtain up-to-date information on status of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, as well as issues and opportunities related to cycling, walking, and transit use within member communities.  In addition, one or more focus group meetings will be held with bicycling and trails groups to gather information on current conditions and needs.  

Timeline

Contacts

Ed Paesel, Executive Director, South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association and South Council of Mayors (paesel@ssmma.org or 708-922-4670)

 

John O'Neal, CMAP Associate Planner (joneal@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8822)

Existing Conditions Report
 
Supplementary Background Information

South Council of Mayors / SSMMA Complete Streets and Trails Plan