You Can Help Make IL a Better State for Cycling

Bike and BusCMT invites you to weigh in on bike transportation planning in IL.  Be sure to ask that bike paths connect with MetroLink stations to ensure the plans are convenient and accessible to you too!

Illinois Bike Transportation Plan

Illinois’ first ever state-wide Bicycle Transportation Plan is being developed this year, and it needs your input. 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 come to one of the public meetings or complete the online survey to share ideas, concerns, stories . . .

Want to help?  Want more info?  Read on…

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is developing the first ever state-wide Illinois Bicycle Transportation Plan and needs your help!  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 is hosting a series of meetings throughout the state to discuss the plan and gather input from attendees.  At each meeting location, there will be 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.).

The meetings will begin on Tuesday, July 9th in Chicago and will continue into early August at various locations throughout the state.  Your participation and input are important!  Don’t miss the chance to help IDOT shape the future of bicycling in Illinois!

Take a look at the table below to find the meeting closest to you and RSVP at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ILBikePlanRSVP. (RSVP is only mandatory for the webinar and the July 9th Chicago Transportation Professionals Meeting.)

 

TRANSPORTATION PROFESSIONALS MEETINGS

PUBLIC MEETINGS

CHICAGOTuesday, July 9th, 1-3 PMCMAP Office Willis (Sears) Tower233 S Wacker Drive CHICAGOTuesday, July 9th, 6-8 PMThompson Center, Concourse Level Assembly Hall100 W Randolph St
DEKALBMonday, July 15th, 1-3 PMDeKalb County Highway Department1826 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb DEKALBMonday, July 15th, 7-8:30 PMDeKalb Parks Department1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb
PEORIATuesday, July 16th, 1-3 PMTri-County Regional Planning Commission211 Fulton Street, Peoria PEORIATuesday, July 16th, 6:30-8 PMTri-County Regional Planning Commission211 Fulton Street, Peoria
SPRINGFIELDWednesday, July 17th, 2-4 PMLincoln Library326 S. 7th Street, Springfield SPRINGFIELDWednesday, July 17th, 6:30-8 PMLincoln Library326 S. 7th Street, Springfield
CHAMPAIGN-URBANAThursday, July 18, 1-3 PMChampaign County Regional Planning Commission1776 East Washington Street, Urbana CHAMPAIGN-URBANAThursday, July 18, 6:30-8 PMIllinois Terminal45 E. University Ave, Champaign
ST. LOUIS / METRO EASTMonday, July 22nd, 1-3 PMMetro East Parks and Recreation District104 United Drive, Collinsville ST. LOUIS / METRO EASTMonday, July 22nd, 7-8:30 PMMetro East Parks and Recreation District104 United Drive, Collinsville
QUAD CITIESTuesday, July 23rd, 2-4 PMMoline Public Library3210 41st Street, Moline QUAD CITIESTuesday, July 23rd, 6:30-8 PMMoline Public Library3210 41st Street, Moline
ROCKFORDThursday, July 25th, 3-5 PMRegional Design Center315 N. Main Street, Rockford ROCKFORDThursday, July 25th, 6:30-8 PMRegional Design Center315 N. Main Street, Rockford
CARBONDALEThursday, August 1st, 1:30-3:30 PMCarbondale Civic Center200 S Illinois Ave., Carbondale CARBONDALEThursday, August 1st, 6:30-8 PMCarbondale Civic Center200 S Illinois Ave., Carbondale

You can also provide your input online!

Can’t make it out to one of the meetings?  Then join IDOT online for an online, interactive webinar on July 30th from 6:30-8:00pm.  Be sure to RSVP http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ILBikePlanRSVP

Also provide feedback via MetroQuest, a web-based, interactive survey tool located at: www.IllinoisBikePlan.com

MetroQuest will be used in two phases to gather public input for the Illinois Bike Transportation Plan.  The first phase will gather public input on current bicycling habits, perceptions and preferences and ask participants to give their vision for the future of bicycling in Illinois. The second phase will gather input on site-specific bicycling issues throughout the State and ask participants where regional bicycle connections need to be made.

To learn more about the Illinois Bicycle Transportation Plan and additional opportunities to share your input, visit the project website at http://www.illinoisbikeplan.com/.