Two Sessions: (1st) Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks Guide (2nd) Gold and Silver Cities of the Prairie: How to Transform Your Community into a Bicycle Friendly Place

APA Illinois Chapter


Thursday, September 14, 2017
2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. CDT

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Part One:

In December 2016, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published the Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks Guide. Despite a strong interest in active transportation, smaller towns and rural communities sometimes are left out of discussions or are not featured in the national best practices. This session will provide knowledge and inspiration to work towards creating environments that support walking in small town and rural areas. Learn from this idea book for smaller communities, with visualizations and guidance for contemporary walking and biking facilities. Based in FHWA and AASHTO guidance, the Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks guide applies a flexible design approach to creating more comfortable places for walking.


Part Two:

Transforming our auto-oriented transportation systems into multi-modal systems that serve all members of our communities can seem daunting, however, many Midwestern communities are doing it and being recognized as national leaders. This session will focus on several Midwestern cities that have gone from little or no bicycle network to being recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as Gold, Silver and Bronze Bicycle Friendly Communities. The process, plans, and implementation strategies each community used to achieve their goals will be presented along with their plans for achieving higher levels of bicycle friendliness in the future. The benefits to their communities will be explored and discussion with the session participants to answer questions will be a major part of this session.


Learning Objectives:


• What is involved in becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC), the 5 E’s, and how the League of American Cyclists Bicycle Friendly American program can serve as a helpful process for communities that want to transform

• The crucial steps and processes needed to succeed in becoming a BFC

• The partnerships and coalitions needed to succeed

• Implementation plans including funding, public education and engagement during implementation, along with tips for success

• Benefits to communities that become BFB including economic, health, and environmental

• Lessons learned and strategies for future success



Mercy Davison, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Town Planner at Town of Normal, Illinois Washington University in St. Louis School of Law Read More

Cynthia Hoyle, FAICP

Confirmed Speaker

Cynthia Hoyle, FAICP has been working at the local, state, and national levels to create safe streets for all users for over 30 years. Cynthia is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and author of “Traffic Calming” published in 1995. She ... Read More

Tim Gustafson, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Tim Gustafson is a certified planner with more than a decade of experience in transportation planning, and is engaged in developing training courses for best practices in bicycle and pedestrian facility design. His recent project experience includes projects for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Regional Transportation Authority, departments of ... Read More

Ed Barsoti, LCI

Confirmed Speaker

Executive Director of The League of Illinois Bicyclists Read More

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