(Willow Springs, June 1, 2016) – A pop-up “Complete Streets” demonstration project will take place in Willow Springs on June 8 and 9, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The demonstration will be held in the roundabout in front of the Willow Springs Village Hall, and coincide with the arrival of evening commuters from the Willow Springs Metra Station. This temporary demonstration project will show how multi-modal street treatments can help create a safer, more enjoyable street environment and public space.
Complete Streets are roadways designed for everyone who uses them. People living in communities with Complete Streets approaches to roadway design are more likely to walk, bicycle or take public transit. However, the planning, design and construction of new amenities like sidewalks, crosswalks or bicycle lanes may take months or even years. Pop-up Complete Streets demonstrations are short-term, temporary demonstrations in and near the roadway that showcase innovative street designs. These projects highlight the many benefits of Complete Streets for a community’s health, safety, and quality of life. Temporary depictions of a different street reality offer tangible ways for community members and local businesses to experience a Complete Street.
“The Village is pleased to join with Active Transportation Alliance and the Healthy HotSpot initiative to inform and educate local families on the importance of developing healthy and safe living habits which will carry forward in generations to come,” said Mayor Alan Nowaczyk.
“No mission is more crucial than ensuring the safe passageways for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. We need to provide our youth and families the best opportunities available to promote a healthful lifestyle. In doing so, we create a more desirable community for residents and businesses to call home,” he added.
The Village of Willow Springs adopted a Complete Streets resolution in January, and has been actively involved in planning the pop-up demonstration. The project design for the pop-up demonstration will be based on feedback provided by residents during an Open House held in conjunction with the Coffee with the Mayor event on May 21. Additional feedback on the street design will be collected during the Pop-up Demonstration and will be incorporated into future plans for the project site.
The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that advocates for walking, bicycling, and public transit to create healthy, sustainable and equitable communities. The organization works to build a movement around active transportation, encourage physical activity, increase safety and build a world-class transportation network. The Active Transportation Alliance is supported by more than 7,000 members and 1,000 volunteers. For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.
The Active Transportation Alliance’s work with Willow Springs is a program of Healthy HotSpot. Healthy HotSpot is an initiative led by the Cook County Department of Public Health that aims to build healthy places in suburban Cook County through community partnerships. For more information, visit healthyhotspot.org.