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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update

The Town of Normal is updating the Town’s 2009 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and seeking public input on ways to enhance safety, connectivity, and accessibility for all members of the community.  Goals of the plan update include the evaluation of progress made on the existing plan, the incorporation of the latest engineering design standards, and an examination of pedestrian and bicycle project priorities. 

The planning process will include many opportunities for public input.  On Wednesday, November 13, the Town will hold an open house from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Community Activity Center (1110 Douglas).  During the open house, project staff will give two brief presentations describing the planning process – one at 5:15 and one at 6:15. During the remaining time, attendees will be able to talk to Town staff and the consultant about their experiences in Normal as they travel by bike, on foot, or with a mobility-assistive device.  They will also be able to view maps and discuss where they have a positive experience walking and bicycling and areas where they face challenges.

From now until December 31, members of the public are also encouraged to complete an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NormalBPMPUpdate.  The planning process will extend through summer 2020. 

Utilizing grant funds from the McLean County Regional Planning Commission, the Town of Normal is working with ALTA Consulting to update the plan.  A significant amount of progress has been made on the existing plan, including the extension of the Constitution Trail, the installation of bike lanes, the construction of new sidewalks, and the coordination of walk and bike to school events.  

Any questions about the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan update process should be directed to Town Planner Mercy Davison at (309) 454-9590 or mdavison@normal.org.

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