Presentations & Reports
Smile Politely Interview – July 19, 2013
Project Manager Ben LeRoy and planning intern Tyler Zwagerman joined Smile Politely Radio on WEFT 90.1 FM to discuss Walk Champaign and the history and benefits of walking in our community. Rebecca Bird, a planner in Urbana’s Community Development Services Department, spoke on current pedestrian planning efforts in Urbana.
City Council Meeting – July 9, 2013
Assistant Planning Director Rob Kowalski and Project Manager Ben LeRoy introduced the Pedestrian Plan to the Champaign City Council. The presentation outlined the process, desired outcomes, and justification for creating a Pedestrian Plan for Champaign. Further details regarding the purpose and scope of the plan were explained in the Study Session Report. Following the presentation and public comment, Council approved the development of a Pedestrian Plan by the Planning and Development Department.
Other Champaign Plans
Walk Champaign is the first planning effort directly focused on walking in our community. However, several other recent plans support efforts to improve the pedestrian network.
Champaign Growing Greener Environmental Sustainability Plan, 2013
Champaign Growing Greener is Champaign’s first sustainability plan. The Pedestrian Plan’s focus on quality walking environments and complete neighborhood pedestrian networks corresponds with Champaign Growing Greener’s goals of natural resource and energy conservation through the promotion of active transportation.
Champaign Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan, 2011
The vision outlined in Champaign Tomorrow will guide the City, residents, and businesses on the growth and development over the next twenty years. The Comprehensive Plan highlights several core principles that shape our shared vision for our community, including:
- Maintaining a growing, sustainable, and healthy community
- Preserving our unique neighborhood identities
- Providing complete neighborhoods and infrastructure
The Pedestrian Plan supports these principles by promoting a well-connected, walkable, and accessible future for Champaign. Health and quality of life are central to both Walk Champaign and Champaign Tomorrow.
Champaign Moving Forward Transportation Plan, 2008
Champaign Moving Forward is an element of the Comprehensive Plan. It guides policy decisions for the evolution of the City’s transportation system. The Pedestrian Plan will build on Moving Forward’s calls for the development of a high-quality pedestrian network that includes direct paths between destinations, continuity of the sidewalk system, safe street crossings, improved visual interest / amenities, and security.
Champaign Trails Plan, 2011
The Champaign Trails Plan provides a comprehensive vision for a community-wide recreational trail system. The Pedestrian Plan will incorporate the Trails Plan vision for off-street facilities among its recommendations for a complete and accessible pedestrian network.
Sidewalk Master Plan, 2005
The Sidewalk Master Plan outlines the organizational structure and procedures to maintain the City’s sidewalks. It also identifies long-term deficiencies and strategies for improvement. The Pedestrian Plan is not meant to act as a replacement for the specific system inventory focus of the sidewalk plan. Instead, it will act as a guide for project recommendations and prioritization based on key corridors and intersections to improve network connectivity, accessibility, and safety.
Other Related Sites & Agencies
Walk Score is a website that allows visitors to get a sense of how walkable their address or neighborhood is. The site uses a walkability index (focused on distance between homes, places, or work, shopping, schools, etc.) to rank any area or address on a scale from 1 to 100. On this scale, 100 represents a “walker’s paradise.”
C-U Safe Routes to School Project
C-U Safe Routes to School is a community based organization that educates our community on pedestrian and bicycle safety issues and works to increase the frequency of walking and bicycle trips to and from school by youth in the Champaign and Urbana Public Schools.
Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)
This countywide plan details how the urbanized area transportation system will evolve over the next 25 years. The LRTP projects the evolution of six modes of transportation (automobile, bicycle, pedestrian, bus transit, rail, and air) over the next 25 years. The LRTP will identify major regionally beneficial transportation projects which can be targeted for federal funding and ultimately provides a “Big Picture” for the transportation network for the region over the next 25 years and is being developed by the Champaign County Regional Plan Commission and the Champaign Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study.
National Complete Streets Coalition
The coalition has been advocating since 2005 for adoption and implementation of Complete Streets policies across the United States. The aim is to ensure that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind – including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. Discover what “complete streets” are and why it’s important to balance all forms of transportation on our city streets.