By Sally Stovall
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 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 are not friendly for walking (little space with poles, parking, outdoor cafes, etc)
Crosswalk lights are often not working
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