Our Chicago: Making city streets safer for pedestrians, bicyclists after crashes leave children dead

Our Chicago: Making city streets safer for pedestrians, bicyclists after crashes leave children dead

CHICAGO (TOC) — Through the month of June, 4 youngsters in Chicago have been hit by vehicles and killed whereas on bikes or scooters.

These deaths together with lethal crashes involving pedestrians have raised the profile of these calling on town to make streets safer for people who find themselves biking or strolling.

The Chicago Division of Transportation not too long ago introduced plans so as to add 25 miles of concrete-protected bike lanes by the top of the yr. Kyle Lucas, co-founder of transit advocacy group Higher Streets Chicago mentioned this can be a step in the suitable route.

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“These concrete curbs are straightforward to seek out, straightforward to put in and can make a giant enchancment in comfortability and security for individuals. However you are solely protected in lanes CDOT truly builds. And out of the 25 miles that they are speaking about solely ten are literally increasing the community,” Lucas mentioned.

As for what extra might be achieved, Lucas mentioned “There are lots of instruments which have simply been left on the desk. There’s lots of issues like doing visitors diverters in neighborhoods that forestall by visitors in order that neighborhoods aren’t getting used as shortcuts.”

Lucas cited the instance of Barcelona, Spain which is doing what are known as “superblocks.”

“They’re saying perhaps not each neighborhood road must have vehicles. And perhaps we will repurpose a few of that house to really create public areas inside our neighborhoods the place it is secure for youths to play and for communities to collect,” Lucas mentioned.Our Chicago: Half 2

forty seventh Ward Alderman Matt Martin’s workplace not too long ago organized a memorial for one of many youngsters killed final month and he is taken up the difficulty of improved security for cyclists and pedestrians.

“We have had since I received into workplace, so many people in our neighborhood, particularly youthful people with youngsters who constantly point out whether or not they’re strolling particularly areas or biking particularly areas they do not really feel secure. Quite a few crashes, close to crashes, and most not too long ago we have had numerous tragic deaths in and round our neighborhood together with 2-year-old Rafi Cardenas, who was on his scooter at a residential intersection in addition to 75-year-old Peter Paquette who was crossing in a marked crosswalk at Irving Park Street and was struck and killed in the course of the road,” Martin mentioned.

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And on the metropolis stage, he mentioned “It simply cannot be the case if you happen to’re in a single ward the bike and pedestrian infrastructure is nice and in an adjoining ward it isn’t nearly as good as a result of on the finish of the day as of us are touring by our communities they don’t seem to be pondering, ‘Oh, what ward am I going to be in? I am going to decide on my course accordingly.’ That is not what they’re enthusiastic about, that is not what they need to be enthusiastic about. So we have to transfer away from a patchwork and actually say in a complete vogue what pedestrian and bike security enhancements are going to appear to be all throughout town.”

As for these concreted protected bike lanes, work is beginning on Kinzie between Milwaukee and Wells. And by the top of subsequent yr, all protected lanes with these versatile posts, additionally known as delineators, might be upgraded to concrete.

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