Bike Walk Oak Park Meets Up

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Bike Walk Oak Park is a new, informal group that encourages and advocates biking, walking, and transit in Oak Park.

Guest Bill McKenna, Oak Park Village Engineer, will discuss progress and challenges identified by the group at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Oak Park Public Library, Main Branch, 834 Lake St., 1st Floor Community Room, in Oak Park.

Priorities and topics might include:

  • Bike Infrastructure
    • Bike lanes should be painted and well-marked
    • Need north-south biking artery (or two)
    • Execute on greenways in Bike Plan
    • Bike racks should be visible and plentiful
  • Sidewalks
    • Sidewalks are not friendly for walking (little space with poles, parking, outdoor cafes, etc)
    • Crosswalk lights are often not working

  • Streets/Intersections
    • Improve street paving
    • Reorient streets by removing parking on one side or creating one-way streets. This could make room for more bike lanes or expanded sidewalks.
    • Improve signal and intersection issues
    • Madison – improve for biking and walking
  • Transit access – not all stations are handicap accessible
  • Engage with schools – install bike racks, change school policy to allow biking, encourage with Safe Routes to School programming
  • Encouragement campaign – promote biking, walking, and good behavior in Oak Park
  • Construction zones – zones often do not accommodate bike/ped
  • Eisenhower rebuild – get involved in the planning process to advocate for bike/ped

For questions: Maggie Melin, Active Transportation Alliance, 312.216.0475

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