On Tuesday, June 1, 2021 the Zoning and Planning Commission will review a draft of the City of Elmhurst’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. This plan specifically focuses on improving transportation for pedestrians and bicyclists.
This plan will strive to make all modes are safe, welcoming and convenient for all, including children, the elderly, and those with disabilities. By creating this plan, Elmhurst can build on its existing assets and create a healthier, more sustainable and active community. By providing more alternatives to driving, especially for single automobile trips less than a few miles, the City can help reduce traffic congestion. An increased number of people walking and biking through downtown creates economic development opportunities for the local businesses. Streets that are designed safely for pedestrians and bicyclists decrease serious crashes and increase safety for all users of the roadway, including cars.
The time for this plan is perfect because the state has approved 50 million dollars in funding allocated specifically for pedestrian and bicycle improvements which is anticipated to be released on October 2020. By creating and adopting this Plan, the City will be more likely to capture some of this anticipated grant funding.
See the draft plan here: https://www.elmhurst.org/DocumentCenter/View/17144/DRAFT-Bicycle-and-Pedestrian-Plan
The public may attend the Zoning and Planning Commission or watch it live on Elmhursttv.com on youtube. Comments may be submitted in person or in writing. To learn more about how to make a public comment see the Zoning and Planning Commission agenda here: http://go.boarddocs.com/il/coe/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=C3CKNU50FC66
After review by the Zoning and Planning Commission, the draft Plan will be reviewed by the City Council to be considered for adoption as part of the city’s Comprehensive Plan.