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For nearly 25 years, we have led the charge for a transportation culture that values safety, health, sustainability and choice. Formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, we expanded our mission and created a new name to reflect and strengthen our work and vision to create opportunities for people to move and travel safely, actively and enjoyably.

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On land treasured for centuries - first by Native Americans, later by traders and farmers, and as early as the 1890's by recreation seekers - Kankakee River State Park offers you its proud heritage in an unspoiled setting. Anglers, canoeists, hunters, campers, hikers, bicyclers and other outdoor enthusiasts find the park's recreational opportunities unsurpassed. The naturally channeled Kankakee River, listed on the Federal Clean Streams Register, is the focus of the park's popularity.

Enveloping both sides of the Kankakee River for 11 miles, in an area 6 miles northwest of Kankakee, the park consists of approximately 4,000 acres. Illinois Routes 102 on the north and 113 on the south frame the park, with Interstates 55 and 57 both providing convenient access.

Introduction to the Complete Streets Concept to the Kankakee County Area at the community meeting in May 2012.  Check here for information. Live Healthy Summit and if you want more check out our Our Video Channel.

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Fundamentals


Streets are an important part of our cities and towns. They allow children to get to school and parents to get to work. They bring together neighbors and draw visitors to neighborhood stores. These streets ought to be designed for everyone – whether young or old, on foot or on bicycle, in a car or in a bus – but too often they are designed only for speeding cars or creeping traffic jams.

Now, in communities across the country, a movement is growing to “complete” the streets. States, cities, and towns are asking their planners and engineers to build roads that are safer, more accessible, and easier for everyone. In the process, they are creating better communities for people to live, play, work, and shop.

What are “Complete Streets”?

Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. People of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across streets in a community, regardless of how they are traveling. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations.

What do Complete Streets policies do?

Creating complete streets means transportation agencies must change their approach to community roads. By adopting a Complete Streets policy, communities direct their transportation planners and engineers to routinely design and operate the entire right of way to enable safe access for all users, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation. This means that every transportation project will make the street network better and safer for drivers, transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists – making your town a better place to live. The National Complete Streets Coalition hasidentified the elements of an ideal Complete Streets policy to help you write one for your town.

The Many Types of Complete Streets

There is no singular design prescription for Complete Streets; each street is unique and responds to its community context. Roadways that are planned and designed using a Complete Streets approach may include: sidewalks, bike lanes (or wide paved shoulders), special bus lanes, comfortable and accessible public transportation stops, frequent and safe crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, narrower travel lanes, roundabouts, and more.

A “complete” street in a rural area will look quite different from a “complete” street in a highly urban area, but both are designed to balance safety and convenience for everyone using the road. The below presentation demonstrates the variety of options in creating roads that are safe for all users, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation.

Introduction to Complete Streets: Presentation

 Download: Introduction to Complete Streets (.pptx, 13.6 MB)

Please note: This presentation is a PowerPoint 2007 (PC)/PowerPoint 2008 (Mac) file. If you are using an earlier version of PowerPoint, please be sure you’ve installed the free Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Windows or Mac. If you are prompted to unzip the file, ignore it – the file will open correctly.

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Using Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity and Create Active Communities
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Increasing physical activity is a powerful way to prevent obesity and promote health among children and adults. Across the country, practitioners, advocates and policy-makers are coming together to create healthier communities that support active lifestyles.

Children and families are more active when they live in neighborhoods that have sidewalks, parks, bicycle lanes and safe streets. Schools also can help residents of all ages be more active by providing students with quality recess, physical education and after-school programs, and by sharing their facilities with the community outside of school hours.

Active Living Research examines the policies and conditions that impact people’s ability to be active where they live, learn, work and play. Our research provides guidance to decision-makers at all levels about the most effective strategies for increasing physical activity, as well as the areas where more progress is needed.