Bringing Complete Streets To Life For Suburban Cook County, Illinois Residents
Complete Streets improvements can take years to design, fund, and build. Pop-up Complete Streets events showcase temporary street treatments and provide community members with an immediate, tangible visualization of Complete Streets designs. In summer and fall 2016, Active Transportation Alliance held six pop-up events in suburban Cook County municipalities that were made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Temporary facilities such as bicycle lanes, crosswalks, and roundabouts were created with materials like duct tape, tar paper, and paint. Residents of all ages came out for the events. Three municipalities are planning to construct permanent facilities. Read the full success story here.
“This just solves all my problems”
– School crossing guard explaining how Complete Streets facilities at a pop-up event at Skokie’s Niles North High School helped address traffic safety issues in front of the school.
“Everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, race, or ethnicity, ought to have safe, comfortable, and convenient access to community destinations and public places.”
– National Complete Streets Coalition