Building Wellness in Bensenville
Mar 30, 2016 5:05 PM - On Tuesday March 22, 2016 the Village of Bensenville adopted an Active Transportation Plan and a Complete Streets Policy helping ensure that all residents can comfortably and safely bike and walk to school and work in the future. Last year, the B-Well Bensenville Plan4Health Coalition received a $120,000 grant from the American Planning Association (APA) through its Plan4Health program to fund these two studies. An initial step in this work was a community-wide survey designed to determine specific policy recommendations and to prioritize community enhancements by assessing how residents travel to grocery stores, libraries, work, and trails, as well as how they would like to travel to these destinations. The Coalition's early emphasis on community engagement was key for the successful development and implementation of the plans. Additionally, the Coalition established a Steering Committee composed of representatives from various taxing bodies and local organizations which refined the information garnered from the initial outreach.