A safe walking and bicycling environment is essential to fostering healthy, sustainable, and vibrant communities.
To advance these goals, Arlington Heights and Park Forest both worked with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to develop bicycle and pedestrian plans.
A bicycle and pedestrian plan — sometimes called an active transportation plan — identifies short- and long-term policies and projects that create a comprehensive, safe, and connected non-motorized transportation network. These plans seek to increase bicycling, walking, and transit use; improve traffic safety; support local businesses; and create healthier, more environmentally-friendly communities. They include recommendations for policy changes and infrastructure improvement projects.
Although creating a bicycle and pedestrian plan is a critical first step, implementation must follow. Arlington Heights and Park Forest demonstrate two approaches to adopting bicycle and pedestrian-friendly policies and constructing infrastructure. Here’s how they did it: