Lots of walking / cycling upgrades are on deck for 47th venue this year – Streetsblog Chicago
Since taking office two years ago, Borough Councilor Matt Martin has proven to be one of the most proactive members of Chicago City Council when it comes to road safety, transportation sustainable and affordable housing. The Martin District includes parts of Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, North Center, Lakeview, and Uptown.
According to Josh Mark, director of development and infrastructure for the neighborhood, Martin has allocated nearly $ 1 million in the district’s discretionary “menu” funds to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety. Mark updated Streetsblog about several Complete Streets initiatives that are on the program this year.
Bumpouts on Wilson Avenue
At Wilson and Virginia Avenues, just east of the Chicago River, the Chicago Department of Transportation will install loose concrete bosses to shorten the pedestrian crossing distance on the east leg of the T-shaped intersection and trace a new pedestrian crossing.
At Wilson and Leavitt Street, which Mark has called an asymmetric “weirdly wide” intersection, loose concrete bosses will be added to the east and west legs of the junction.
Pedestrian Improvements on Lincoln Avenue
The CDOT is installing paint and stud dents in Wilson and Lincoln, north of the Old Town School of Folk Music. “This place has seen a lot of accidents, and that’s right where the business district starts to get heavy on pedestrians,” north of Wilson, said Mark. The project was somewhat delayed by public utility works.
Two new pedestrian crossings are planned nearby. The two Old Town School buildings, located on opposite sides of Lincoln, have good foot traffic halfway through the block, so to make this crossing safer, the CDOT will design a new crossing in the middle. The ministry has already built wheelchair sidewalks and a concrete bump attached to this location. (CDOT does not do loose bump-outs, which are better for drainage, on main streets.) Stop for Pedestrians signs will be installed in the middle of the street, but Mark acknowledged that it probably won’t take long time. pilots to destroy them.
Half a block north of Wilson at the south intersection of Eastwood and Lincoln avenues (Eastwood jogs here so it has two junctions with Lincoln), near the Davis Theater and various shops, restaurants and bars, CDOT will install a new pedestrian crossing at the south leg.
Leland slow street and neighborhood greenway
Chicago premiered last year Slow street (the city calls them “Shared Streets”) debuted on Leland Avenue in 47th Ward, eventually expanding to connect the river to Sheridan Road in 46th Ward. Through traffic is prohibited and local traffic is calmed down by barricades and barrels of traffic. Last year, in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the main incentives for the program was to make it safe to walk and jog on the street, which allows for a social distancing. But even now it’s over 60% of Illinois residents have received at least one vaccine, and new research suggests that less than one percent of coronavirus transmission took place outdoors, slow streets are still a great strategy for safe walking and cycling.
This year, Leland was supposed to get permanent “Neighborhood Greenway” treatment between Clark and the river in the 47th arrondissement (it’s already designated as the Greenway East of Clark), including upstream cycle lanes. on one-way segments of the street to legalize two -bicycle on the road. The project will also include bump-outs and speed bumps suitable for bicycles.
However, the fact that Leland Slow Street is set to return next Thursday raises the question of whether construction of the Greenway will actually take place this year. Mark declined to discuss the matter, referring me to CDOT, and department spokesperson Mike Claffey was unaware of the progress of the project. We should have an update next week.
To begin with, Slow Street will only return to Leland between Lincoln and Sheffield. “The people east of Lincoln really liked him last year and wanted him to come back,” Mark said, but it has not been determined whether he will be extended to the river again. .
Protected bike path on Roscoe and Campbell avenues
As it is, there are buffered bike lanes on the curved segment of Roscoe and Campbell avenues connecting Belmont and Western avenues, which connects Roscoe Village and the Belmont River Bridge. The route is also close to Lane Tech and DePaul College Prep High Schools, Clark Park and The Garden.
Since the corridor is flanked by surface parking lots, the curbside parking lot is virtually unused, so CDOT is taking the opportunity to modernize the cycle path with a combination of flexible plastic poles and concrete curb protection. As part of the project, the street, which is currently in very poor condition, will be repaved.
Mark said neighborhood staff recently counted cyclists on Campbell for five hours on a Saturday afternoon and observed 317 people biking, or a cyclist under a minute.
Participatory budgeting projects
This year, Martin hosted a participatory budget election, allowing voters to vote on how $ 250,000 in parish menu money should be spent. Residents chose to allocate $ 64,000 for a countercurrent cycle path on the short stretch of Sunnyside Avenue between Lincoln and Western, adjacent to Welles Park, as well as loose concrete bumps at Sunnyside and Oakley Avenue, where the park employees report that the stop sign executed by drivers is a problem.
Sunnyside is already a convenient, low-stress eastbound corridor between the soon-to-be-completed RiverRun 312 trail system (located between Belmont and Montrose avenues along the river) and Ashland Ave., as all major crossings are equipped. traffic lights or four lanes. stop signs. The new counter-current segment will also make it run westbound. As part of this project, CDOT will install a dedicated bicycle traffic light at Sunnyside / Western for westbound cycle traffic.
Sunnyside would be a good cycle route almost all the way to the lakeside, except its crossing with five-lane Ashland Avenue is unmarked and therefore unsafe for people walking and cycling. Mark said the service is looking at whether it would be possible to install a pedestrian island at the intersection, possibly eliminating one of the corner pockets for drivers.
$ 50,000 in menu money has also been allocated for sidewalk extensions adjoining Belle Plaine and Damen Avenues, through the new Northcenter Town Square Plaza. Another $ 50,000 has been allocated for the attached bump-outs at Ainslie and Ashland avenues, adjacent to the Bethany retirement community.
So, as you can see, even though the Leland Greenway is not built, it will be a busy year for cycling and pedestrian projects in the 47th arrondissement.