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The Chicago region’s current hub-and-spoke transit system leaves nearly half a million Cook County residents stranded in transit deserts.

Bike route signs coming to Forest Park

The Forest Park Village Council recently voted to spend $10,000 from their Cook County Model Communities grant to install bicycle route signage on village roadways.

src=http://www.activetrans.org/sites/default/files/sign1.jpgDenise Murray, coordinator of Live Healthy Forest Park, praised Active Trans for helping the village identify potential bicycle routes and more than 215 locations for the signs.

The village will focus first on safe routes to school and selected bicycle routes. According to a recent article in the Forest Park Review, signs begin at $35 each, but many poles require up to three signs: a pictogram of a bicycle, a destination name, and a mileage sign.

Forest Park received a total of $145,000 under the Model Communities program, the second highest grant award among several Cook County municipalities.

In addition to signage, the grant financed development of an active transportation plan, school travel plan, complete streets policy, and health-related initiatives.

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