CMAP Weekly Update, 7-23-21

Case studies: How to implement bike and pedestrian plans

A bicycle and pedestrian plan identifies policies and projects that create a comprehensive, safe, and connected non-motorized transportation network. Although establishing a bicycle and pedestrian plan is a critical first step, implementation must follow.

The communities of Arlington Heights and Park Forest demonstrate two approaches to adopting bicycle and pedestrian-friendly policies and building infrastructure.

Improving equity through bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure

Bicycle and pedestrian plans can foster healthy, sustainable, and vibrant communities. They also can help improve equity. 

In a recent report, CMAP detailed how transportation fees, fines, and fares impact residents with low income and people of color — and recommended policy changes to improve equity. One key recommendation: improve mobility options. The costs of owning a car typically exceed $8,000 a year. By enhancing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, communities can offer residents lower-cost transportation options that don't require owning a car or paying fees, fines, and fares.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visits region

CMAP Executive Director Erin Aleman joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg on his visit to northeastern Illinois last week to discuss the urgent need to invest in transportation infrastructure. Secretary Buttigieg first toured the 95th Street CTA Red Line station in Chicago before heading to the CSX Intermodal Facility in Bedford Park.

There, he was joined by local leaders, including Erin. Erin discussed how the region is reducing greenhouse gas emissions through investments in cleaner transit, making the freight network more efficient, and increasing access to jobs. She also shared the importance of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) partnership in making transportation decisions that will cement the region as the nation's freight hub.

Save the date: State of the Region

CMAP's virtual State of the Region event will take place on Thursday, October 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration and event details to follow. For immediate questions, email stateoftheregion@cmap.illinois.gov.

Join a conversation on the future of farming in McHenry and Will

Farm Foundation and Openlands will host Dialogues on the Future of Food, Farming, and Conservation in McHenry and Will counties on Tuesday, July 27, and Thursday, July 29.

 

In each day-long conversation, attendees will discuss state and county data around land use; the needs and challenges facing regional agricultural producers today; and opportunities to support farming into the future.

 

Speakers include CMAP's Erin Aleman, executive director, and Jared Patton, associate planner.

Share thoughts on prioritizing Cook County funding

Cook County will receive almost $1 billion from the federal government through the American Rescue Plan Act. Community members can take a two-minute survey to share their thoughts on how the funding should be prioritized.

 

The survey, available in English and Spanish, should be completed by Friday, August 6.

Submit feedback on regional transportation investments

CMAP welcomes feedback from the public on three proposed programs that help communities prosper through transportation investments.

 

More than 50 projects, using more than $400 million in federal funds, are included in the proposal, which is funded by the regional Surface Transportation Program Shared Fund, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, and locally programmed Transportation Alternatives Program. The public can submit comments on the proposed programs through 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 30.

 

The three programs help advance ON TO 2050, the region's long-range plan, and its principles of inclusive growth, resilience, and prioritized investment. These investments in mobility options spur economic opportunity for communities with low incomes, people of color, and people with disabilities across northeastern Illinois. Projects also help the region's infrastructure adapt to changes in climate and technology, and carefully target resources to improve quality of life for all residents.

Events

Dialogues on the Future of Food, Farming, and Conservation: McHenry County
July 27, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Host: Farm Foundation and Openlands

Dialogues on the Future of Food, Farming, and Conservation: Will County
July 29, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Host: Farm Foundation and Openlands

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CMAP Weekly Update, 7-23-21

Case studies: How to implement bike and pedestrian plans

A bicycle and pedestrian plan identifies policies and projects that create a comprehensive, safe, and connected non-motorized transportation network. Although establishing a bicycle and pedestrian plan is a critical first step, implementation must follow.

The communities of Arlington Heights and Park Forest demonstrate two approaches to adopting bicycle and pedestrian-friendly policies and building infrastructure.

Improving equity through bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure

Bicycle and pedestrian plans can foster healthy, sustainable, and vibrant communities. They also can help improve equity. 

In a recent report, CMAP detailed how transportation fees, fines, and fares impact residents with low income and people of color — and recommended policy changes to improve equity. One key recommendation: improve mobility options. The costs of owning a car typically exceed $8,000 a year. By enhancing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, communities can offer residents lower-cost transportation options that don't require owning a car or paying fees, fines, and fares.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visits region

CMAP Executive Director Erin Aleman joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg on his visit to northeastern Illinois last week to discuss the urgent need to invest in transportation infrastructure. Secretary Buttigieg first toured the 95th Street CTA Red Line station in Chicago before heading to the CSX Intermodal Facility in Bedford Park.

There, he was joined by local leaders, including Erin. Erin discussed how the region is reducing greenhouse gas emissions through investments in cleaner transit, making the freight network more efficient, and increasing access to jobs. She also shared the importance of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) partnership in making transportation decisions that will cement the region as the nation's freight hub.

Save the date: State of the Region

CMAP's virtual State of the Region event will take place on Thursday, October 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration and event details to follow. For immediate questions, email stateoftheregion@cmap.illinois.gov.

Join a conversation on the future of farming in McHenry and Will

Farm Foundation and Openlands will host Dialogues on the Future of Food, Farming, and Conservation in McHenry and Will counties on Tuesday, July 27, and Thursday, July 29.

 

In each day-long conversation, attendees will discuss state and county data around land use; the needs and challenges facing regional agricultural producers today; and opportunities to support farming into the future.

 

Speakers include CMAP's Erin Aleman, executive director, and Jared Patton, associate planner.

Share thoughts on prioritizing Cook County funding

Cook County will receive almost $1 billion from the federal government through the American Rescue Plan Act. Community members can take a two-minute survey to share their thoughts on how the funding should be prioritized.

 

The survey, available in English and Spanish, should be completed by Friday, August 6.

Submit feedback on regional transportation investments

CMAP welcomes feedback from the public on three proposed programs that help communities prosper through transportation investments.

 

More than 50 projects, using more than $400 million in federal funds, are included in the proposal, which is funded by the regional Surface Transportation Program Shared Fund, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, and locally programmed Transportation Alternatives Program. The public can submit comments on the proposed programs through 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 30.

 

The three programs help advance ON TO 2050, the region's long-range plan, and its principles of inclusive growth, resilience, and prioritized investment. These investments in mobility options spur economic opportunity for communities with low incomes, people of color, and people with disabilities across northeastern Illinois. Projects also help the region's infrastructure adapt to changes in climate and technology, and carefully target resources to improve quality of life for all residents.

Events

Dialogues on the Future of Food, Farming, and Conservation: McHenry County
July 27, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Host: Farm Foundation and Openlands

Dialogues on the Future of Food, Farming, and Conservation: Will County
July 29, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Host: Farm Foundation and Openlands

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