In early 2011, the village of Wheeling, Illinois contacted the Active Transportation Alliance in order to have their plan prepared. This plan was a pleasure to work on, as I was tasked with gathering community input to ensure all members of Wheeling had a voice in the future of their community.
Working on this plan, I facilitated several interactive charrettes to directly gather community suggestions and concerns. Further, a small team was put together to personally meet with as many local business members affected by the plan as possible. It is with great satisfaction that I can say that the citizens of Wheeling were heard and many of their concerns and suggestions were addressed in the plan, which found successful implementation in November of 2012.
Complete Streets Plan
This plan, while produced as a project at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is one of my favorites. Having personally designed the entirety of the plan and written all of the bicycle related sections, it was a great exercise and education in planning that served to increase my passion for planning to new levels.
Displayed is a deep understanding for our assigned target area and real suggestions that would provide positive changes to the urban environment. While constrained to a short document, this plan is not short on real inquiry and research. The education I received in planning has cemented my desire to think big and work diligently to improve our communities.
"We Choose Health" Bicycle Parking and Safety Sign Plans
New bicycle parking and targeted pedestrian and bicycle safety sign improvements were requested across Illinois as a part of the $1.6 million dollar project "We Choose Health" initiative sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Active Transportation Alliance was contracted to make this happen in only six months.
As the lead planner on this project, I wrote and designed eleven separate plans focused on and . These plans resulted in the actual installation of 1,100 bicycle racks and over 250 new safety signs in over 30 different counties. It was with an immense sense of personal gratification to see these plans implemented and making a positive change within the local communities. It is my hope that these improvements will lead to an increased active travel mode share, while preventing crashes and potential injury. To learn more about this project, I have included a link to
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