Illinois’ First-Ever Bike Transportation Plan Needs Public Input

IDOT Bike PlanSUST at RU digs this: Illinois’ first ever state-wide Bicycle Transportation Plan is being developed this year, and the folks doing it at the IL Department of Transportation needs the input of the general public, not just professional planners and cycling gurus. Whether you are strong and fearless on a bike or someone who avoids cycling at all costs, your voice is needed to help make Illinois the top state for cycling in the country.

Please visit the link about to learn more about the Bike Transportation Plan and to take a quick survey about how you bike in IL — and how you think bicycling can be improved your community.

This long-range planning document will guide future policy decisions and infrastructure improvements to make cycling a safer, more convenient, and more accessible transportation option for Illinoisans.  Topics covered in the plan will include bicycling-related planning and policy, funding, bicycling safety, design and maintenance, a regional biking network, implementation and prioritization guidelines for bike paths and lanes, state bicycling performance measures, education, outreach, and enforcement.

As part of the planning process, IDOT hosted a series of meetings throughout the state in July to discuss the plan and gather input from attendees.  At each meeting location, there were two meetings – an afternoon meeting for transportation professionals (practitioners working for a municipality, a county, etc. or a consultant, designing roadways or other bicycle-related projects, or just playing a role in making their communities more livable and bike-friendly), and an evening meeting for the general public (people who ride or potentially ride bikes, for pleasure, for commuting to work, for errands, for necessity, etc.).

Ride safely . . . ride often . . . and just ride!

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