The Active Transportation Alliance, which is in the midst of compiling data and input from residents in order to complete a bicycle and pedestrian transportation plan for the village of Brookfield this spring, will host a community workshop on Thursday, March 2 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave.
Five staff members from the Active Transportation Alliance will be at the workshop, which will be broken up into two parts. The first part is a public education session, explaining what it means to have an active transportation plan and outlining the benefits of implementing one.
According to Heather Schady, senior planner for the Active Transportation Alliance, the first part of the workshop will also feature a question-and-answer session, to seek information on what attendees believe could make it safer to walk, bike and use public transportation in Brookfield.
During the second half of the workshop, participants will break up into small groups and discuss challenges in Brookfield related to biking and walking, ideas on how to increase bike and pedestrian safety and identify areas that could use infrastructure improvements, such as sidewalks.”
“That will help us shape the plan and make it what people want and need,” Schady said.
The information gathered at the workshop will be added to the input that the Active Transportation Alliance has been collecting since January via an online survey (www.surveymonkey.com/r/BrookfieldActiveTransportation) and on an interactive map where people can leave comments and suggestions (www.communityremarks.com/brookfield).
So far, according to Schady, 130 people have completed surveys and 80 comments have been added to the interactive map. The survey and map will remain online for resident input through March 15.
“It’s been great so far,” Schady said. “There’s been really strong participation from the community.”
One area of concern that’s come up several times already, Schady said is 31st Street, between Prairie Avenue and First Avenue.
Brookfield Zoo, the Salt Creek Bike Trail and Riverside-Brookfield High School draw lots of pedestrians, bicyclists and public transportation, but that stretch of 31st Street lacks sidewalks or clear bike routes.
“We’ve certainly heard loud and clear that it’s a priority for the community,” Schady said.
Once the workshop is over, Active Transportation staff will look at the community input and gather data, such as crash histories, traffic volume and roadway jurisdiction.
All of that information will be used to work out a bike network for the community, look at intersection safety and determine where infrastructure improvements are needed.
The agency hopes to have a draft plan for the community in April or May, with an expectation that the village will seek adoption of the plan this summer.