Regional planning predicts trends in transportation and housing.
Attendees at the May 15, 2018 Evanston Bicycle Club membership meeting had an opportunity to express their opinions about mega trends such as transportation in the Chicago area using electronic polling. Jane Grover, Outreach Principal at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) brought a voting system with individual clickers to collect opinions and share results gathered from other communities.
CMAP represents the 7 county region from Wisconsin to Indiana and is the official comprehensive regional metropolitan planning agency. They do long term planning, provide planning expertise, and are a source of funding for congestion mitigation, air quality, intersection and signaling improvements, bike lanes, and bus service. Long range plans must be done every 8 years and is a 3 year process. The On to 2050 plan is due in Oct. 10, 2018..
Some of the macro trends or alternative futures they have identified are:
Besides survey data, some indicators of a shift in transportation include technology such as the ability to summon rides, track congestion, autonomous vehicles, magnets in pavements, and sensors in phones. Current cars are 85% autonomous and it is predicted that self driving technology will be available to buy in 2 years.
Ways to learn more about the planning being done and provide input are: