Walkable Bikeable Communities
Walkable, bikeable communities are places where it’s safe, convenient, and comfortable to walk, bike or take public transit. People who live in such communities are not only able to enjoy those amenities and the quality of life that they offer, but they are also more likely to be healthier.
Walkable, bikeable communities don’t happen by accident. They are created by design and are informed by a community’s walk/bike plan or Complete Streets policy that considers all users of the road. Walkable, bikeable communities have features like crosswalks, transit shelters, bicycle lanes and continuous sidewalks. For people who can’t drive, such as young children, people who can’t afford to own a car, and people with mobility challenges – like older adults or people with a disability – walkable, bikeable communities provide critical access to community services, and ways for residents to travel to where they need and want to go.
Improves the air we breathe
Walkable, bikeable communities can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and our contributions to climate change. On days with less air pollution, children and adults with asthma, respiratory, and cardiovascular diseases make fewer emergency room visits and experience fewer life-threatening events
What’s happening in suburban Cook County
Aligned with Go to 2050 and Connecting Cook County, municipalities across suburban Cook County are engaging key stakeholders and community residents to develop walk/bike plans and/or adopt Complete Streets policies. Click below to view municipalities identified as Healthy HotSpots that were recently awarded a grant from Invest in Cook County. You may also check out these municipalities on the Healthy HotSpot map.
Walkable, bikeable communities can take years to design, fund, and build. Pop-up events are a fun, tangible way for community residents to experience safer streets. Read how Active Transportation Alliance with several municipalities brought Complete Streets to life for community leaders and residents.
You can also find out about what’s happening with the movement to create more walkable, bikeable communities in your area and the benefits by learning about the work of Healthy HotSpot partner, Active Transportation Alliance.