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Warm weather is here and the active transportation volunteers in the village have been busy all winter making the village more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

“We spent a lot of time identifying problems that prevented active transportation in Forest Park,” said Denise Murray of Live Healthy Forest Park. “And now we’re implementing plans to address those problems.”

Murray will hold a citizen’s advisory meeting tomorrow night at the Howard Mohr Community Center at 7 p.m. to brainstorm ways that walking and biking in Forest Park can be encouraged. The center is at 7640 Jackson Blvd.

Among the signs of an active spring are bike route signs sprouting around town, following recommendations of Active Trans, a consulting group hired through healthy living grants from Cook County. District 91 approved recommendations from Active Trans to encourage children to walk and ride bicycles to school. The village has printed bicycle route maps and rules-of-the-road booklets that will be distributed around town. Free bike helmets will be given out as prizes for children finding the “golden egg” at the Park District Easter Egg Hunt, March 31 at 10:00 a.m.

Murray hopes Forest Parkers will bring their skills and ideas, including social media campaigns, partnerships with village organizations or letter-writing campaigns. To RSVP contact dmurray@forestpark.net.

Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...