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May 11, 2017

Bike Plans for Charleston and Park Ridge

Ride Illinois is excited to announce we will be working on municipal bicycle plans for two towns in 2017 – Park Ridge and Charleston, IL.

With renewed ambition to become bicycle-friendly, the City of Park Ridge decided to engage Ride Illinois as a bike planning consultant earlier this spring. The project will involve an update to the original bike plan Ride Illinois created for the community in 2005 which was never fully implemented. The new, revised plan will result in better suggestions for the City’s bike network, as well as non-infrastructure campaigns that will encourage more Park Ridge residents to ride. Active Transportation Alliance will be partnering with us on the plan as a sub-contractor, and the plan will be completed later this year. To learn more about Park Ridge’s bicycle-friendly efforts, click here.

This month, Ride Illinois was awarded a grant from the Lumpkin Family Foundation to support the creation of a municipal bicycle plan for Charleston, IL. The comprehensive plan will define action steps leading to safe and convenient bicycle transportation between any two points within the city of Charleston, as well as connect off-road trails to Mattoon (and Amtrak), Fox Ridge State Park, and Lake Charleston. The plan will include recommendations on infrastructure, education, and enforcement improvements across the city, and should be completed by next year. Stay connected with Ride Illinois to learn about community open houses, meetings, or other opportunities to provide input for Charleston’s plan. Join our email list or follow us on Facebook for periodic updates.


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