The professional development group, Women in Planning and Development (WP+D) and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) held a fun and educational bike ride to Brookfield on Saturday the 9th. The group rode out to the Village to learn about pedestrian and bike planning and institutional collaboration in the suburbs. The eleven group members made their way from the city to the Hollywood/Zoo Metra stop. There, they learned about the Village’s three Metra stations, the close proximity to the Zoo, and the Village demographics.
The Zoo supported this group’s activities and created a personal tour that described the Zoo’s conservation leadership efforts, sustainable roof technology, and efforts to collaborate on the Village’s Active Transportation Plan. No trip to the Zoo could be complete without seeing animals though. So, the group checked out the big cats, dolphins, and new Dinos and Dragons. It was an exciting visit to the Zoo, but this group of planners were just as excited to see the first known suburban Bike Boulevard under construction. The group checked out Arden Avenue’s curb bump outs (installed to increase pedestrian safety to Kiwanis Park) and discussed the need for this type of work near high pedestrian areas.
The group also discussed the Village’s major zoning overhaul near the BNSF tracks and how it would assist with bicycle and parking improvements in development projects.
Lastly, they took a look at the bioswale in the Village’s traditional “main street” commercial district and discussed the challenges and benefits of green infrastructure and stormwater management.
It was a beautiful day and a planner and bike enthusiast’s dream ride!
Many thanks to BFF Bikes in Logan Square for letting us use their shop as a meeting point, the Zoo for their support for this event, and Paisans Pizzeria on Grand Blvd that generously subsidized the lunch that fueled these hungry bike riders!