The Village of Lincolnwood has been hard at work trying to secure
grants that will help produce bicycle routes and paths throughout the
Village. The grant, Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC), is administered
through the Regional Transportation Authority. It is federally funded to
help people of lower income travel to their places of employment.
Providing assistance for this grant application has been the Village’s
Geographic Information System (GIS). Throughout the process GIS has
played an important part by providing maps and analysis. The Village is a
member of the GIS Consortium (GISC) which is a Using the GIS
Consortiums subscription to Business Analyst Online, the Village
compiled necessary statistics for use in the grant. In addition to the
statistics, locations of stoplights were mapped out to provide a list
for use in field checks. Also, using GIS, the Village was able to verify
that manhole covers and inlets along the proposed bike route corridors
were of a certain type; openings were not large enough for a bicycle
tire to become stuck.
The grant application process can be demanding and very competitive.
With so many communities looking for free money, the more information
the Village can provide, the better their chances at securing the grant.
GIS has the ability to help during these processes. Map creation and
analysis provided by the GIS staff have supplied necessary components of