Join planners from the City of Aurora and Epstein for a two-hour guided tour showcasing Aurora's bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The tour will include an overview of the planning, project development, and stakeholder engagement related to active transportation and community development opportunities in Aurora. The tour will include discussions about developments in place or in the works along the Fox River.
Ready to get in the saddle? The tour will meet up and depart from Water Street, behind City Hall. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bicycles. (A very limited number of bike share bicycles are available; reserve one using the add-on at checkout.)
Make it multi-modal – hop on the train to get there! The Aurora terminus of the Metra BNSF Line is an easy walk or roll to City Hall. Please allow yourself time to join the group and get settled in (or use the facilities) before rolling out.
DATE: Thursday, June 22, 2023
TIME: 3:30 - 5:00 pm CDT
Note: this start time accommodates the BNSF Metra Train from Chicago that departs Union Station at 1:33 pm and arrives in Aurora at 2:50 pm. Bikes are welcome on the train. Aurora City Hall is a 5-minute bike ride or 13-minute walk from the Aurora Metra Station (directions).
COST: $5 student / $15 APA-IL member / $20 non-member
MEET: The tour will meet up and depart from Water Street, behind City Hall, 77 South Broadway Aurora, IL 60505
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: (CM | 2)
Remember - we encourage you to bring your own bike. A very limited number of bike share bicycles are available.
Alex Minnella | Senior Planner, City of Aurora Alex Minnella has 10+ years of experience in land use planning, environmental planning, GIS analysis, and public outreach/relations. He reviews projects, and related financials, ranging from large commercial developments, entertainment, public recreation projects, and 1,000-unit multi-family developments to single-family homes for the city of Aurora, Illinois, which spans four different counties, six school districts, as well as profit and not for profit agencies. He continues to foster sustainability and equity through projects aimed to regenerate urban fabrics while maintaining the community identity, affordability, and ability to carry for future generations. Alex’s recent experience includes managing major mixed-use projects, and the development of a new state-of-the-art casino and entertainment facility for the city of Aurora.
Tim Gustafson, AICP | Associate Vice President, Epstein Architecture, Engineering and Construction Tim Gustafson is a transportation planner and project manager at Epstein with 18 years of experience in transportation planning and design with an emphasis on active transportation and complete streets. His work involves planning, design, capital programming, and engineering support services, primarily for public agencies. Mr. Gustafson is a certified trainer for the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and has taught for various departments of transportation, municipalities, and is a part-time instructor on complete streets planning and design at the University of Illinois at Chicago.