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Posted on: April 12, 2016

Park Forest’s policy for safer, more convenient streets named among the nation’s best


In 2015, Park Forest, IL made a formal commitment to safer streets that work for everyone by passing a Complete Streets policy. Now, this policy has been named one of the best in the nation from last year.

The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015, an annual ranking from Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition released today, evaluated all 82 Complete Streets policies passed in 2015. Park Forest’s policy tied with South Bend, IN and Longmeadow, MA as third best in the nation, scoring 92.8 out of a possible 100.

"This is yet another example of how the Village of Park Forest benefits from the good work of our excellent staff and committed volunteers. We're very proud of the recognition their efforts have gained. The whole community is the beneficiary as a result of their careful and thoughtful planning," said Park Forest Mayor John A. Ostenburg.

“A Complete Streets approach is about helping everyone stay safe on the road—no matter if they’re walking, biking, taking transit, using an assistive device, or driving,” said Emiko Atherton, Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition. “Passing a Complete Streets policy is one of the best actions communities can take toward achieving these goals, and hundreds of communities across the country now have these kinds of policies in place. What’s even more exciting is that the language of these policies continues to improve — and that means streets that work better for everyone.”

Hildy Kingma, Director of Economic Development and Planning for the Village of Park Forest, was one of the featured speakers during a kickoff webinar this afternoon for the new analysis.

The City of Reading, PA passed the best-written policy of 2015, scoring an unprecedented perfect 100. Nationwide, a total of 898 Complete Streets policies have been passed by 843 separate jurisdictions, including municipalities, counties, metropolitan planning organizations, state agencies, and states.

See more information about the winning policies, evaluation criteria, and the full rankings at

Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for, and leading coalitions to bring better development to more communities nationwide. From providing more sidewalks to ensuring more homes are built near public transportation or that productive farms remain a part of our communities, smart growth helps make sure people across the nation can live in great neighborhoods. For additional information, visit

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