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Mount Prospect bike plan meeting a success!

Active Transportation Alliance used their expertise in bicycle planning by leading a successful open house in Mount Prospect. Efforts to create a safe and fun bike plan for the Village of Mount Prospect brought together collaboration between village staff, Sam Schwartz Engineering, and most importantly, residents of the local community. Our transportation planner, Marissa Dolin, and Mike de la Verne from Sam Schwartz kicked off the meeting by getting folks excited about the possibilities of increasing bicycling in their community.

Residents of Mount Prospect used their local expertise to mark destinations, barriers, and routes most traveled while discussing and sharing their experiences with excitement. The task force showed their dedication to the bike  plan as they took a seat with each group to assess the needs of their community.

The level of energy and interest in planning a holistic bike plan plan was indicative as groups presented back useful information gathered during the mapping session. The last presenter wrapped up the night with a lasting remark that set the tone for future bike initiatives; a bike network which allows her to ride with her six year old son to school safely every day. Active Trans chimed in and made the public aware of all the education and encouragement programs our organization offers.

It was clear by the end of the night that Mount Prospect residents are serious about improving bicycling conditions for their community. We’re “stoked” as Carolyn Helmke, Active Trans Planning Director, expressed at the open house, to push Mount Prospect’s vision a step further and work with Sam Schwartz to develop an amazing bike plan.

Make sure to connect with Mount Prospect's bike page on Facebook and continue to stay involved!