Walk/Bike Plans, also known as Active Transportation Plans, provide a roadmap for communities to get people moving by foot, bike, and transit. Whether their focus is on health, safety, or economic development, a walk/bike plan provides a community the tools it needs to develop a network of pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly streets.
Based on resident and stakeholder input, walk/bike plans provide both infrastructure recommendations and programming ideas to enable and encourage more residents to choose walking, biking, and transit as convenient, healthy and low-cost ways to get around.
Plans guide communities through project implementation. They illustrate to residents, elected officials, municipal staff, and other entities a community’s vision and priorities to make walking, biking, and transit an integral part of daily life. Having an adopted plan will also open more opportunities for funding walk, bike, and transit infrastructure projects.
Click here to view a video about a walk/bike plan that was developed for Bensenville.
Find Out If Your Community Has A Walk/Bike Plan
Municipalities identified on the Healthy HotSpot Map have committed to designing, building and maintaining roadways that give residents of all ages and abilities safer, healthier and more affordable travel options through the development of a walk/bike plan. Partners supporting development and/or implementation of walk/bike plans are Active Transportation Alliance, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, and regional Councils of Government like the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association.
Interested In Developing A Walk/Bike Plan For Your Community?
Public input is essential for developing a walk/bike plan. Click here to read more about how residents can get involved in their community’s plan.
If your municipality hasn’t developing a plan yet, learn about the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s Local Technical Assistance program that supports municipalities in developing a Walk/Bike plan.