Forest Park, IL
Forest Park is designated as a Bronze-level community due to the City’s commitment to Complete Streets and their extensive sidewalk policies. Highlights of Forest Park’s application include:
- Forest Park’s Active Transportation Plan, adopted in January 2012, outlines policies, programs, key places and implementation guidelines to reach ambitious targets for non-motorized mode shares and crash reduction. This plan is well-integrated with other plans in the community and integrated public input, with implementation monitored by a Pedestrian Task Force.
- Forest Park has a number of strong sidewalk policies that contribute to the comprehensive sidewalk network throughout the village. This is complemented by effective traffic calming devices including bulb outs and HAWK crossings that make walking safe for all community members.
- Forest Park Village is more than 100 years old and has won several awards for revitalizing their Main Street Community which also serves as the main business district. The Main Street Four-Point Approach is a unique preservation-based economic development tool that enables communities to revitalize downtown and neighborhood business districts by leveraging local assets - from historic, cultural, and architectural resources to local enterprises and community pride. It is a comprehensive strategy that addresses the variety of issues and problems that challenge traditional commercial districts
- Forest Park has a strong level of community involvement, working hard to improve accessibility and safety around the community. Citizens have come together with a strong educational campaign to promote active living and healthy eating through Live Healthy Forest Park. The Public Engagement Report outlines the large role the public had in the development of the Active Transportation Plan
- Forest Park has a Police Department that is highly involved in pedestrian issues. The Forest Park Police are required to participate in annual professional development opportunities. The Forest Park Police Department ensures that all officers engaged in traffic safety enforcement receive introductory training on bicycle and pedestrian safety and Safe Routes to School programs. Officers effectively combine enforcement and education to increase the safety of pedestrians by successfully reducing motorists’ speed and yielding to pedestrians. The Police Department is also heavily involved in the schools through both a pedestrian safety education curriculum and crossing guard program.