Bensenville is emerging as one of our region’s bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly communities.
Earlier this week, the village adopted an active transportation plan and Complete Streets ordinance. The plan provides a list of concrete actions to build out its bicycle and pedestrian network, policies it can enact to improve conditions for people biking and walking, and programs its partners can develop to encourage more biking and walking trips.
The ordinance lays out a process to ensure that safe facilities for all modes of travel are considered when the village designs, reconstructs or performs maintenance its roads.
Active Trans developed the plan and ordinance in partnership with the Bensenville Youth Coalition, B-Well Bensenville and village staff.
The group convened several times to discuss community wide goals and challenges to creating a comprehensive active transportation network, including providing better connections to downtown, creating a logical connection to the Salt Creek Trail, and addressing the needs of Bensenville’s youth and senior populations.
Additional input was provided by hundreds of residents that responded to a survey, attended a public meeting and people who were surveyed at a couple large village events.
Prior to developing the plan and policy, the village had already been making progress on its bicycle and pedestrian network.
While it always had a robust network of sidewalks, it has recently been focusing on making its commercial areas more attractive for pedestrians.
Bensenville’s 2015 Comprehensive Plan identified priority bike routes to tie in to the broader regional network, and as a result of the plan, it is currently constructing its first sidepath on Church Rd., and has plans to construct marked shared lanes on Hillside Dr.
The new plan and ordinance will help the village accelerate these efforts, get more federal funding for active transportation facilities, and set goals and priorities for projects that can be implemented over time.