It has been a busy and productive first year for Go Evanston.
In November 2016 a group of four cyclists sat down to address concerns and seek solutions for making Evanston a safer and friendlier place for pedestrians, bikers, and transit users. Over the following months, our group grew and we developed three organizing principles:
Encourage Evanston residents to walk, bike, and use public transit more.
Educate the Evanston community about multi-modal transit options, bike and pedestrian safety, and other issues that foster equity and inclusion of all road users.
Engage with City employees and elected officials to advocate for the timely implementation of Evanston’s Bicycle Plan, Complete Streets Policy, and other public policies that support and improve multi-modal transit options in our town.
Here is a short recap of what we have done in our first year:
- Created a database of nearly 500 Go Evanston supporters--the list continue to grow.
- Established a social media presence (developing a website, monthly online newsletter, and Facebook page) to routinely update our supporters on transit issues, opportunities for advocacy, and events.
- Increased our visibility by participating in local events, including a bike rodeo at the YMCA, Streets Alive, and Bike the Ridge.
- Attended transit-related city meetings on a regular basis, including the Transportation & Parking Committee, Transit 4All, Bike TAC, and the newly formed Climate Change Committee.
- Conducted a survey to get input on our community’s transit concerns.
- Met with Evanston aldermen to discuss transit issues and resources.
- Met with the Evanston Police Department to discuss traffic safety and enforcement issues.
We’re just getting started. We are making big plans for 2018. In the coming months we will be in touch, looking for help as we roll out new programs to make Evanston a safer, friendlier place for all road users!