Jerdon said the plan may be used in determining grant funding through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program and other state grant programs. Some of the trails completed by the city have used grant funds from the ITEP program.
“Mt. Vernon has a comprehensive plan for trails and sidewalks,” Jerdon said. “That plan and already using federal guidelines, I believe, gives us leverage when looking for grant money for projects.”
In developing the state plan, IDOT information states it used an “extensive, multi-faceted outreach effort” of which Mt. Vernon participated. About 4,000 individuals, 60 local agencies, 50 non-profits and 11 educational institutions provided input.
“The Illinois Bike Transportation Plan is framed around five key principles: Safety, connectivity, access, choice and collaboration,” Schneider said. “These principles helped guide the development of the plan and will be instrumental to implementation. The plan will ensure that Illinois remains a model of excellence in sustainable transportation.”
The complete plan and technical documents are available at www.IllinoisBikePlan.com.