Thursday, March 30, is National Take a Walk in the Park Day. Take a stroll through one of Elgin's beautiful parks, along a trail, through a nature preserve, or an area forest preserve.
Planning a Trip?
Check out www.goroo.com
"About goroo, the better trip planner. goroo is a multi-modal trip planner for Chicago and its metropolitan region. It was developed by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and utilizes the services of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, and Pace.
goroo is a powerful online map and trip planner tool that provides you with directions using a combination of bus or train routes, driving, biking, and walking directions. With the goroo trip planner you can also view travel itineraries, public transit schedules, maps, alternative routes, area attractions, travel alerts as well as suggested ways to reduce the carbon footprint of your trip."
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
In the fall of 2009, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee was formed by City Council for the purpose of implementing the Elgin Bikeway Master Plan and improving conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians in the City of Elgin. If you have questions or comments, contact the staff coordinator for the committee.
Bicycle Clubs and Advocacy Organizations
The Illinois Prairie Path
The Illinois Prairie Path (www.ipp.org) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion and conservation of the Illinois Prairie Path. The Illinois Prairie Path was one of the first shared-use trails constructed on the former Chicago, Aurora and Elgin Railway. It passes through several communities in Chicago’s western suburbs. One of its branches extends to the Fox River Trail in Elgin.
Fox Valley Bicycle and Ski Club
The Fox Valley Bicycle and Ski Club (www.fvbsc.org) started in 1968 under the name “St. Charles Bicycle Club”. The club’s philosophy is to “provide safe bicycling and to enjoy and respect our precious natural outdoor environment”. The club meets to provide information on topics of interest to bicyclists.
Active Transportation Alliance
Based in Chicago, the Active Transportation Alliance (www.activetrans.org) is a non-profit advocacy organization that works to improve conditions for bicycling, walking,and transit and engage people in healthy and active ways to get around. For nearly 25 years they have led the charge for a transportation culture that values safety, health, sustainability and choice. Formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, they expanded their mission and changed their name to reflect and strengthen their work and vision to create opportunities for people to move and travel safely, actively, and enjoyably.
League of Illinois Bicyclists
The League of Illinois Bicyclists (LIB) (www.bikelib.org) is the statewide advocate for all Illinois bicyclists promoting bicycle access, education, and safety. LIB works with individual bicyclists and other bicycle organizations to guide local efforts, including notice of upcoming public meetings regarding road project studies, input to road designers or local officials, distributing bicycle safety information, acting as a technical resource, and promoting favorable policies and funding levels for bike facilities.
Trails for Illinois
The mission of Trails for Illinois (http://trailsforillinois.tumblr.com) is to enhance the quality of life in Illinois by connecting the state’s communities and countrysides with an interconnected, multi-use public trail network, and by promoting the use of trails for recreation and transportation. They are based in Capron, Illinois.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) (www.bicyclinginfo.org) started in 1999 to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity. To support this mission, the PBIC develops and promotes information on bicycling and walking, provide expert technical assistance, and generates a network of informed individuals and organizations who can increase the exposure of ped/bike issues to the general public.