There are good things happening in Chicago for people walking and biking, which we've covered in prior posts. Just this week, the city released its first-ever Pedestrian Plan, an encouraging document I'll try to highlight in a separate post.
But this weekend, honestly, walking and riding my bike around Lincoln Park and beyond, it was just depressing to see how far we have to go. The state of the crosswalk stripings nearly everywhere is horrendous. Sidewalks are tiny slivers of pavement. There are potholes on main streets and side streets. Where there are bike lanes, they end at every intersection. On LaSalle Street, I saw four cars parked in a No Parking/Tow Zone/bus stop area, completely blocking the curb cuts for two crosswalks. No tickets on their windshields, and I don't think the owners had any fear of actually getting towed. Pedestrians, be damned.
There are good intentions in our current administration, but there's so much work to be done. I certainly don't envy them their task of organizing the effort to fix, maintain, and right-size our streets.
I rounded up some pictures I've taken over the last month or two to illustrate.
|Green City market vendor truck blocking the pedestrian crosswalk on Clark at Menomonee. It's already a horrible place to cross, and this only makes it more dangerous.|
|Just so you don't think it's a one-time thing: It's not. It's every week, every market day. This shot is taken two months after the first one.|
|Potholes. Some have told me I should welcome them as natural speed bumps that slow down drivers.|
I hope I didn't depress you. Yes, I do report things that I see all the time, to 311, to 911, to CDOT, depending what it is, and I hope you do as well.
Maybe you'd like to join the Bike Walk Lincoln Park e-mail list, to receive notices of upcoming meetings (approximately quarterly): e-mail me at bikewalklincolnpark at gmail dot com. Or follow us on Twitter @BikeWalkLP
Or leave an encouraging comment below! See you on the street.