Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan Update
About the Plan Update
The Town of Normal is in the process of updating the 2009 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan . This plan update will serve as Normal's blueprint for investing in improvements that enhance safety, connectivity, and accessibility for people walking, biking, and using mobility assistance devices and aids like wheelchairs and walkers. We invite you to join Town staff and your neighbors to help plan the future of walking, biking, and other forms of active transportation in Normal. Visit this webpage regularly to keep up with the latest news pertaining to the bike-ped master plan process!
Why update the plan?
A lot has changed since the Town’s plan was adopted in 2009! The Town has implemented many aspects of the plan, including the following:
• Adding many important sidewalk connections
• Installing bike lanes and shared lane markings
• Coordinating annual Walk to School opportunities
• Operating a Bike Rodeo to teach children safe bike riding skills
Over the past 10 years, design standards and other recommendations pertaining to pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure have also changed, as have the community’s priorities for future growth and development in Normal. These coupled with new funding sources make it the perfect time to update the plan!
The plan process started in September 2019 with an inventory of the Town’s progress on the 2009 plan and its connection to other Town plans adopted in more recent years. The plan is slated to wrap up in August 2020. As shown in the graphic below, there will be many opportunities for public input between now and then.
The Town held an open house on the evening of November 13 to share information about the plan with community residents and to learn about attendees' vision for a more walkable and bikeable community. Over 40 people attended and shared their ideas for desired types of improvements, barriers to walking and biking, priorities and values, and specific projects to create a safer, more connected system for active transportation. To learn more about the open house, you can view a brief presentation and the display boards.
Attendees were also encouraged to complete the online survey, which is available until December 31. In the first three weeks following the survey launch on November 3rd, 395 community members responded. The information collected will help the Town better understand residents' needs and desires for walking and biking and will help identify specific recommendations for inclusion in the final plan. You can participate in the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NormalBPMPUpdate.
QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?
Feel free to contact Ryan Otto, Town Engineer or Mercy Davison, Town Planner with any questions or comments.
Ryan Otto Mercy Davison