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
|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/.