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Making Connections-A Future Initiative
As the city's population continues to soar, it is imperative for Yorkville to plan future alternative transportation facilities. In 2004, the Illinois Department of Transportation awarded the United City of Yorkville funds to complete an Integrated Transportation Plan. This plan outlines important community issues such as transportation, impact on economic opportunities, the protection of natural resources, and will aid in providing improved public access and mobility. This past year the City hired SEC Group, Inc. as consultants for the project.
A two-step process
The focus of Yorkville's Integrated Transportation Plan is twofold. The first step is identifying and prioritizing important trail linkages. Secondly, the project will address how the trail system will move through Yorkville's downtown and the streetscape elements (such as pavement elements, lighting, benches, etc) necessary to make Yorkville's downtown pedestrian friendly and inviting.
Conserve, reuse, recycle
The United City of Yorkville is environmentally conscious and is currently looking for ways to conserve, reuse and recycle. The concept of alternative transportation fits into our blueprint. Alternative transportation has become increasingly important to the Yorkville community as gas prices continue to rise and the need to conserve energy becomes necessary. A trail network will provide Yorkville residents with the ability to walk or cycle to destinations such as school, work, shopping centers, or parks in addition to providing recreational cycling throughout Yorkville and Kendall County. An important component of the Integrated Transportation Plan is Yorkville's downtown area.
The City with a river in its heart
The Integrated Transportation Plan is important to the revitalization of Yorkville's downtown area. A pedestrian friendly environment will not only rejuvenate the downtown area, but will create Yorkville as a destination for residents, visitors and recreational enthusiasts as a great place to live, work and play!
Why an Integrated Transportation Plan
During a 2007 Parks and Recreation Department survey, 53 percent of Yorkville residents rated bike trails as one of the most desired facilities. Eighty-three percent of residents felt that bike trails were an important offering of the Parks and Recreation Department. As a result, the City conducted a new survey focusing on trails and non-vehicular modes of travel. The results will be used to determine and implement ideas and strategies to improve bicycle and pedestrian transportation locally and regionally.
Involvement is the key
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