CNU Receives Grant from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust

Grant Will Help Launch "Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares for the Chicago Region" Project

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The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is excited to announce it is a grant recipient of the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust. Highlighting the growing demand to create communities of long-lasting value, The Searle Funds grant allows New Urbanist experts to teach the CNU/ITE Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares manual to Chicagoland’s transportation engineers, policy-makers and public officials. 

Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares is the first set of national guidelines for context sensitive street and transportation design. Created in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Engineers, with assistance from the Federal Highway Administration and the US Environmental Protection Agency, the manual is growing in stature and usage, having been adopted as a recommended practice by the City of El Paso and TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation).

The Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares for the Chicago Region project will bring together local community leaders and transportation engineers to identify and implement strategies that will add value to the Chicago region. Designing streets that allow for multimodal transportation options – whether walking, bicycling or driving – encourages better traffic management, enhanced community interaction and increased commerce in municipalities.

With the support of the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, CNU will provide decision-makers with the know-how and how-to of sustainable transportation policies. Keep up to date with our grant’s progress and download a free copy of Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares here.

Photo: Chicago Avenue, Chicago. Courtesy of phobo/Flickr, under Creative Commons.