Des Plaines, IL – The Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC) Board of Directors unanimously approved the NWMC Multimodal Plan on Wednesday at their meeting in Des Plaines.
The NWMC Multimodal Plan builds upon the organization’s previous bicycle plans and expands the focus to include people walking and those who walk or bike to access transit. In addition to analyzing conditions throughout the region, the NWMC Multimodal Plan includes a toolbox of design and policy strategies to improve the experience of people walking, biking and accessing transit and guidance on how to implement more projects throughout the region.
“The Northwest Municipal Conference serves 1.2 million residents and hosts 800,000 jobs in our 43 member communities,” said NWMC President and Morton Grove Mayor Dan DiMaria. “The Multimodal Plan will play a key role in identifying projects to improve the network of facilities for people walking, biking and accessing transit in the region.”
The backbone of the NWMC Multimodal Plan is a network of 19 Priority Corridors, spanning 584 existing and potential route miles. The sidewalk network in each NWMC community was assessed and mapped to show the existing network as well as areas where sidewalks are absent or barriers impede a continuous network. The Plan identifies toolboxes, resources, implementation strategies and funding opportunities to implement projects and improve overall safety.
“This is a significant project for the organization and we thank all involved in its development,” said NWMC Executive Director Mark Fowler. “We look forward to rolling out the plan over the coming months and engaging elected officials, agencies, stakeholders, project sponsors and funders to begin work on this important and comprehensive plan.”
About the NWMC Multimodal Plan
To download the full plan and for more information about its development, please visit the NWMC Multimodal Plan
About the NWMC
Founded in 1958, the Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC) has worked to strengthen communities and enhance intergovernmental relationships in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago. As one of the premier regional councils of government, the Northwest Municipal Conference represents over 1.2 million citizens residing in our 42 municipalities and 1 township. Our membership area covers over 350 square miles in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties.