In 2012, the City of Highland Park adopted Bike-Walk HP 2030, the City’s comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian plan. Since its adoption, the City has implemented several of the recommendations in the plan, including a pedestrian cut-through and 18 miles of bicycle infrastructure improvements. In 2018, the City was awarded a Bronze status as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the American League of Bicyclists, one of only 19 Bicycle Friendly Communities in the state.
Why is the City Updating the Plan?
The City seeks to continue serving as a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly community through the implementation of Bike-Walk HP 2030. Updates to the plan are needed to reflect new bike infrastructure and pedestrian connections, as well as to re-evaluate project priorities. The updated plan has been named MoveHP.
Existing Conditions Report
The Existing Conditions Report provides a snapshot of the existing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and policies in Highland Park. It also outlines and celebrates what the City has accomplished since the adoption of Bike-Walk HP 2030. The Existing Conditions report provides the foundation to reevaluate recommendations from Bike-Walk HP 2030 and introduce new recommendations that align with current trends and best practices. The full report can be downloaded here.
The project kicked-off with a meeting of the MoveHP steering committee. The steering committee is comprised of community stakeholders including the Park District of Highland Park, residents, bike-enthusiasts, and every-day walkers. The committee will work closely with staff to serve as a sounding board and ensure the plan meets the needs of the Highland Park community. In addition, the schedule includes multiple opportunities for public input and presentations to City Council.
The MoveHP process is anticipated to conclude before the end of 2019. This includes analysis of existing conditions, public outreach, drafting the plan, and adoption.
On the evening of April 9, 2019, nearly two dozen residents attended an open house workshop for MoveHP, the City’s update to BikeWalk 2030. Participants provided input through a group mapping exercise, individual worksheets, and talking with staff about their concerns and aspirations for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure in Highland Park.
The group mapping exercise involved participants placing a marker where they would like active infrastructure improvements on two separate maps, one for pedestrian infrastructure and the other for bicycle infrastructure. The individual worksheet allowed them to draw and annotate their desired bicycle and pedestrian routes, identify hazards in Highland Park, and leave specific comments.
Check back for more opportunities to provide input!