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Roughly every three days, one person biking or walking is killed by someone driving a car in the Chicago region.

CDOT solicits input for placemaking guidelines

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As a supporter of the Active Transportation Alliance, you’re most likely familiar with the idea of Complete Streets, the design approach that requires streets to be designed for safe, convenient use by users of all ages, abilities and modes of transportation.

A great pairing to Complete Streets is the philosophy of placemaking, a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates community building and neighborhood identity into designing community spaces.

In fact, the first principle in placemaking is to treat the community as the expert — that is, to design places with residents rather than for them.

Here in Chicago, the Chicago Department of Transportation is developing placemaking guidelines for the city’s streets and sidewalks and the department is soliciting input before launching a citywide survey.

To make your voice heard, head to CHIdeas.org and join the discussion!

Photo of Chicago People Spot courtesy of Streetsblog Chicago.