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October 2022

Walkinar: Pedestrian Infrastructure & Safety

A webinar that looks at how pedestrian infrastructure can be improved with a look at multiple case studies

This Walkinar will look at how transit and pedestrian infrastructure can be improved to expand access and improve public safety, through tools and case studies from Maryland and beyond. 

When: Thursday, October 27 at 9:30 a.m. CDT

Stephanie Dipetrillo of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University will discuss how the built environment around transit facilities can affect how people use transit.

Montgomery County Planning is using a new strategy to improve road safety for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Their “Predictive Safety Analysis” is a proactive data-driven approach designed to prevent severe and fatal crashes before they happen. 

Finally, Carden Wyckoff of Atlanta will take a look at transit equity through the lens of someone who uses a wheelchair by sharing her experiences and insights about the importance of rollability and the value of universal design for all.

Visit the registration page for more information and to sign up. 

Elburn Connects TOD Plan

New downtown area plan to guide future improvements and development around Elburn Metra station

On July 18th the Elburn Village Board adopted the Elburn Connects TOD Plan as part of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan. The Village of Elburn and the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) conducted a study to develop the plan to improve connectivity between the area around the Metra Station and the downtown business district. The input from residents and businesses was critical in developing the plan that addresses community concerns while enhancing the character and viability of the area.

You can visit the Elburn Connects page to learn more about the planning process or view the plan here

New Effort to Improve ADA Accessibility

New CMAP program to equip local governments with resources to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act

Accessibility is vital to creating an inclusive and thriving northeastern Illinois. Everyone in our region — including people with disabilities — needs to be able to get to work, visit with family and friends, access the goods and services they need, and enjoy all the region has to offer — dining, shopping, arts, sports, and recreation.

That’s why the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is implementing a program to help communities in northeastern Illinois improve accessibility for their residents and visitors with disabilities. 

In particular, the program will equip local governments with the resources they need to improve their compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including completing self-evaluations and transition plans — two requirements of the law. As a result, CMAP will help the region take important steps toward creating a transportation system that works better for everyone.

Visit this page for more information on the program and resources available for improving accessibility. 

Kane County Planning Cooperative
Matt Tansley, Planner - (630) 232-3493 

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