Berwyn’s Active Transportation Plan Pedals Forward
Berwyn is getting greener and healthier. Recently awarded money from the Cook County Department of Public Health through the Model Communities Grant Program, Berwyn is working with the Active Transportation Alliance on a number of healthy community initiatives. These will help Berwyn become more bike- and pedestrian-friendly, making it safer and easier to travel actively without the need for a car. The initiatives will also ensure safe active travel to Berwyn’s primary schools and parks.
To begin this transformation, Berwyn first worked on an Active Transportation Plan. The plan addresses non-motorized travel in the City including biking, walking and public transit use. It will map new walking and biking routes throughout the City, giving people healthier options to live, work and play in Berwyn.
The City is also working to implement ordinances to make the plan more sustainable.
- A Complete Streets Policy will guide future road development decisions by requiring the City to give equal consideration to all forms of transportation – vehicles, mass transit, cyclists and pedestrians – when a road project is proposed.
- A Safe Parks Zone Policy will help make our parks and schools safer by reducing speeds and increasing traffic fines in the areas when children are present. These policies encourage more safe activity for the community’s children.
- School Travel Plans will map safe walking and biking routes to Berwyn’s schools.
To make the community aware of all these efforts, the final piece of the project will be to sign and mark the new routes and zones. Signs will be installed to guide the community to new bike paths, some of which will have actual pavement markings designating them. Signs will also go up around some parks to remind motorists of the new Safe Park Zones.
With an eye on providing easy, safe options to live a healthier life in Berwyn, the City hopes this planning and policy work lays an important foundation for the future. For anyone seeking additional information or looking to comment on the draft plans or policies, please contact Kurtis Pozsgay at 708-788-8100 or follow us on our Facebook page.