Transportation

The Transportation Committee promotes the development and implementation of policies and professional practices that ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities, balance the needs of different modes, and support local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments.

It encourages the public to use eco-friendly transportation options, including public transportation, carpooling, bike path use and other alternative means for commuting and running errands.

They also advocate for new or improved road construction to incorporate bike paths/lanes and for increased public transportation options, such as more bus routes, especially in the east-west corridor.

In order to meet its goals, the committee organizes special programs, such as a county wide “bike to work day,” through cosponsoring projects with other advocacy groups, by presenting or tabling at related events, and by bringing green transportation issues before local and county governments.

The Defenders and the McHenry County Bicycle Advocates have advocated for Complete Streets for several years at MDOT and IDOT meetings and by getting signatures on petitions.

“Complete Streets integrates people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of our transportation networks. The Coalition promotes the development and implementation of policies and professional practices that ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities, balance the needs of different modes, and support local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments.”

The committee meets 7pm at Starbucks in Crystal Lake, off Route 31 first Monday of each month.