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Ottawa, OH

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Bike Audits

Description: Volunteers will conduct bike audits along popular bike commuter routes and potential future trails. The audits will result in recommendations for making walking and biking safer.

La Marque, TX

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Bike Audits

Description: Three bike audits on multiuse paths will focus on safety for older cyclists. The audits will identify hazards and barriers to be addressed in future planning efforts.

San Diego, CA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Bike Audits

Description: This project will invite older volunteers to participate in bike audits along a multi-use path to identify possible safety improvements for the route. Participants, residents and city officials will then meet to discuss how the audit's findings.

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Wilmette, IL

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2017

Project Category: Bikeability

Description: Environmental advocacy group Go Green Wilmette raised awareness of cycling through tactical urbanism, which involve short-term, low-cost changes meant to inspire longer-term improvements. The organization staged a village bicycle ride in partnership with the Wilmette Park District and Bike Wilmette. Along the route, the group installed a temporary protected bicycle lane. They did this using a pop-up toolkit they created, which includes planters, stencils and signs for use in temporary demonstrations. Go Green Wilmette later redeployed these items at school bike rodeo safety events and made them available to residents to use at block parties. In 2021, Wilmette's village board approved its Master Bike and Active Transportation Plan. Shaped by community input, the plan aims to improve pedestrian and cycling access to the Village's business district, parks, schools, transit stations and other destinations.

Evanston, IL

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Accessory dwelling units, tiny homes and manufactured housing

Description: To help mitigate housing affordability challenges, the City of Evanston created a digital guide for homeowners looking to build accessory dwelling units to their property. Written in partnership with the Evanston Development Cooperative, the guide covers zoning, financing, design and construction, as well as information about who typically lives in ADUs. Additionally, the City hosted a webinar on ADU construction, which it recorded and posted on its website. In fall 2020, the City updated its ADU ordinance to give homeowners more flexibility, allowing them to create separate housing units either attached to or within their existing homes. Project organizers say the guidebook has helped spread the word about the update. ADU construction in Evanston has increased since the guidebook's publication and City has worked to make model ADU blueprints available to residents.

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