Bicycling Towards a Safer Future: How Bike Plans Are Shaping Illinois Communities

Biking isn’t just about transportation anymore; it’s about shaping the future of our communities. As an advocate for the safety of everyone on our roads, from cyclists to pedestrians and drivers, OnderLaw takes immense pride in seeing communities transition towards bike-friendly futures. Here’s a closer look at the surge in community bike plans and how they impact riders.

Rising Demand for Bike Infrastructure

2023 is being hailed as a turning point for bike plans in Illinois. From Batavia to Libertyville, we’re witnessing an uptick in communities adopting these initiatives. There’s a simple reason behind this: people want it. Post-pandemic shifts have led to an increase in biking and walking as preferred modes of transportation. This aligns with Illinois Department of Transportation’s move towards prioritizing vulnerable road users and active transportation plans.

Moreover, as remote working trends surge, people are leaning into recreational activities that allow for better health and work-life balance. Biking perfectly fits that bill.

Beyond Recreation: The Multifaceted Benefits

It’s not just about physical health. These bike plans signal a push towards economic development and a tangible improvement in the quality of life for residents. Pedestrian and cycling fatalities have been on the rise since 2020, indicating a dire need for safer infrastructure. Bike plans aren’t just a community want; they are a necessity.

Furthermore, there’s a strong economic incentive. Federal and state agencies are increasingly offering funding for communities that prioritize bike and pedestrian infrastructure. The 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a clear testament to that. Communities with a solid bike plan stand a good chance of tapping into these financial resources.

Local Success Stories

Batavia’s bike plan is a shining example of this movement. Adopted in 2007, the plan has seen the city achieve significant milestones in biking infrastructure and safety. Now, their latest Bike and Pedestrian Plan emphasizes a stronger focus on active transportation, with an emphasis on safety, accessibility, and connectivity.

Libertyville’s active Bicycle Advisory Commission, formed in 2010, has been at the forefront of pushing for biking infrastructure. Their efforts have been pivotal in hosting events like the Community Bike Ride and facilitating the adoption of the Libertyville Bicycle Plan.

Equity at the Heart of the Movement

Kane County’s new bike plan stands out, with its core objectives aimed at advancing equity. By implementing this plan, over 64,000 more residents will be within a quarter-mile of a new biking facility. Significantly, many of these residents are from historically disadvantaged communities. This is a giant leap towards inclusive development.

The Road Ahead

More communities are gearing up to join the movement. St. Charles and Glenview are on the verge of introducing their bike and pedestrian plans. Both are extensive and promise significant enhancements to existing infrastructure, showcasing the trend’s momentum.

We champion the safety and rights of all road users. As personal injury attorneys, we’ve seen the repercussions of inadequate infrastructure firsthand. So, when communities rally behind initiatives that prioritize safety and promote a healthier lifestyle, we can’t help but advocate for their success.

Remember, it’s not just about creating bike lanes; it’s about creating a safer, healthier, and more connected community. Bike plans are the future, and it’s a future we’re excited to be a part of. If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact OnderLaw today for your free, no-obligation consultation.