Tuesday: Can’t-Miss Public Meeting on First-Ever State Bike Plan
Next Tuesday, July 9, the Illinois Department of Transportation and its consultant, Alta Planning + Design, will host the first two public meetings to start crafting the first-ever state bike transportation plan. This is not a “bikes as recreation” plan.
Judging by the Illinois Bike Transportation Plan website, it looks like the plan is going to be a major policy document: reviewing bicycle accommodations, policies, and plans across the state; evaluating IDOT’s implementation of the state’s complete streets law; and figuring out how “national bicycle trends” are applicable in Illinois.
You should go. No, really, you must go. Here are the top four reasons why:
- To get IDOT to stop banning protected bike lanes on roads under its jurisdiction
- To be visible users of Illinois roadways and show the demand for bike-friendly streets
- To learn more about current decision-making processes that controls where, when, and how bike-related infrastructure is or isn’t constructed
- To identify gaps in the Chicagoland trail network
The first meeting of the day is for transportation professionals, who must RSVP to attend. It’s on Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning office in Sears Tower.
The general public meeting is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Thompson Center, Concourse Level Assembly Hall, 100 W Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois. Anyone can attend and you don’t have to RSVP.