The Village of Wilmette is developing a Bicycle & Active Transportation Plan, which will explore ways to improve walking and bicycling access to the Village’s transit stations, business districts, parks, and schools. This initiative, led by consultants from Civiltech and Active Transportation Alliance, will tie together previous Village initiatives with feedback from the community to propose a network of safe and accessible streets that connect cyclists and pedestrians to destinations and meet the needs of people of all ages and abilities.
“Wilmette residents continue to show increased interest in walking or traveling on bicycles around the Village. This plan will enable the Village to offer people increased transportation options that connect neighborhoods to our schools, parks, and businesses, and make those connections safe and comfortable,” said Village President Bob Bielinski. “This plan will give us a competitive advantage when applying for state and federal transportation grants and will complement Wilmette’s status as a great place to live and work.”
There will be multiple opportunities for residents to participate in the project and engage with the project team. Beginning this summer, residents will be able to report issues and concerns on a map app available on the project website: www.walkbikewilmette.com/engagement-map/. The project team will have a table at Summer Fest to answer questions and gather input. Residents will be invited to attend a community workshop in September and an open house in early 2019. There will also be an opportunity to meet with the project team in an “office hours” format this Fall.
For additional information, ways to get involved, or to register for regular communication about the process, visit the project website at www.walkbikewilmette.com. Questions about this project can be directed to Dan Manis, PE, Village Engineer at email@example.com or (847) 853-7602.