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Complete Streets Event Scheduled for September 24 and 25

ctive People, Healthy Illinois-Greater Peoria Will Showcase Street Designs that Support All Modes of Transportation

On September 24th and 25th from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm, Active People, Healthy Illinois-Greater Peoria will host a Complete Streets pop-up demonstration in downtown Peoria at the 300 block of Main Street to showcase public space designs that promote active transportation, community vitality, and safer streets for all.

Complete Streets help everyone (walkers, cyclists, bus riders, drivers) move safely throughout our communities, no matter their age or ability. Implementation of Complete Streets also plays a key role in improving quality of life, vibrancy, and sustainability by supporting place-based economic development, promoting active and healthy lifestyles, and improving environmental outcomes.

Since the City of Peoria’s adoption of a Complete Streets Policy in 2015, the City has been working to continuously improve the process of designing, building, and maintaining the City’s streets. This pop-up demonstration – modeled on evidence-based best practices – presents an opportunity to engage the community in new ways and gather feedback on how to achieve the best outcomes in Complete Streets implementation based on community needs. The pop-up demonstration will include interactive biking and walking experiences, bike tours, and community health and active transportation vendors.  COVID-19 vaccines will also be available on site.

At-Large Peoria City Council Member Sid Ruckriegel stated, “For years, city planning and street design focused solely on automobiles and how quickly one could move a vehicle from point ‘A’ to point ‘B.’ Over the past two decades, communities have gained a better understanding of how vitality, transportation equity, and sustainability can be advanced through the implementation of Complete Streets.  In short, streets and the public infrastructure around them that accommodate all community members lead to stronger neighborhoods and more vibrant places. Pop-up demonstrations like this allow for community members to better understand and experience first-hand the benefits of Complete Streets.”

To prevent the spread of COVID19, masking and social distancing will be in place at this event.

Active People, Healthy Illinois-Greater Peoria partners include the City of Peoria, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, Peoria City/County Health Department, Greater Peoria Family YMCA, Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs, Active Transportation Alliance, Illinois Public Health Institute, Bike Peoria, and Peoria Innovation Alliance.

For more information on Complete Streets, visit http://www.peoriagov.org/public-works/complete-streets/

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