For the first time in its history, the state of Illinois has a long-range bicycle plan.
The Illinois Bike Transportation Plan will outline policies, best practices, and a strategic direction for the Illinois Department of Transportation to implement a sustainable, multi-modal transportation system stretching across the state.
Recommendations included in the plan address topics like facility design and maintenance, network gaps, grant programs, safety education, and internal governance and coordination.
"The Illinois Bike Transportation Plan is framed around five key principles: safety, connectivity, access, choice, and collaboration," Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said. "These principles helped guide the development of the plan and will be instrumental to implementation. The plan will ensure that Illinois remains a model of excellence in sustainable transportation."
About 4,000 people, 60 local agencies, 50 non-profits, and 11 educational institutions provided input into the plan.
You can learn more at www.IllinoisBikePlan.com.