Public participation is considered to be the most valuable component of the plan. Your ideas, with guidance from the project team and Village staff, will help create the final recommendations. If you participate in a mapping exercise on the online interactive map or at a public meeting or other community event or send us your feedback, we may include your suggestions in the final plan.
Policies and programs are just as important as infrastructure to ensure safe and convenient walking and biking. Plans include comprehensive recommendations for education, enforcement and encouragement, as well as for policies that create safer walking and biking environments. For example, the plan may recommend adopting a complete streets policy that ensures transportation planners and engineers consistently design the entire roadway with all users in mind— including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. Or the plan may recommend ways to improve the sidewalk and crosswalk policies. For more info and resources on policies, please visit the Active Trans resource page: atpolicy.org.
The project team is going to review all known plans and studies, at the local, neighboring and regional level, conducted by varying agencies and advocacy groups, that touch or may affect Wilmette. We will incorporate the recommendations into this plan. For example, we are reviewing Wilmette bike survey results that were conducted in 2015. Instead of conducting a similar Survey Monkey, we have devised the online interactive map to provide a fresh way to garner input from the community online.
Yes! Throughout the planning process, we will be collaborating with the Village to devise both traditional and nontraditional ways to reach the community. For example, we'll be tabling at SummerFest, providing a "Community Office Hours" day in which you can schedule an appointment to chat with us, as well as the more traditional community workshop format. To stay updated when these events are happening, please visit the project calendar or request to be added to a plan newsletter.