Village to Release Active Transportation Plan Draft

The Village will soon issue its first-ever Active Transportation Plan, with an exposure draft to be published for public comment in July.  The Plan is 100%-grant funded thanks to a Cook County “Healthy HotSpot” initiative, with the non-profit Active Transportation Alliance serving as the plan consultant.  Currently, the Alliance is in the process of synthesizing recommendations (based upon public and staff comments plus Alliance research) for the first draft of the plan, which will then be presented to the Village’s Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) in July.  The draft plan will be made available to both the public and PZC as part of the commission’s July agenda, prior to action by the Board of Trustees.

The Village obtained funding last fall as part of a technical assistance program to promote suburban Cook County “Healthy HotSpots.”  Based upon the public input and consultant research, key findings include:

  • Eight Corners is challenging for pedestrians and bikers as well as drivers;
  • Major intersections including Ogden Avenue, all six corner intersections, and many railroad track crossings are problematic;
  • 31st Street is a priority in terms of managing traffic volume, facilitating Zoo access and improving pedestrian and bike safety and connectivity;
  • By virtue of being the only complete connectors from the Village’s northern to southern boundary, Maple Avenue and Prairie Avenue are vital to all roadway users; and
  • As a primary school route and secondary Zoo route, Washington Street is an important east/west connector, especially for children riding bikes.

During this time, Active Transportation Alliance has also studied the current conditions of Brookfield’s transportation system including existing pedestrian routes, bike routes, trails, and crash locations. Taking these reports and the input from the community into consideration, they then proposed several improvements for the pedestrian and bicycle networks. Utilizing lists, maps, and images, these improvements include sidewalks, trails, multi-use paths, bike boulevards, shared lanes, bike lanes, signage, curb bump-outs, pedestrian countdown signals, traffic signals, and rapid flashing beacons.

For more information, please contact Village Planner Emily Egan at eegan@brookfieldil.gov

News Post by Kendra Kuehlem, Community and Economic Development Intern