Monday, September 16, 2013

Creating a Better Clark Street workshop summary

by Michelle Stenzel

On August 20, 2013, dozens of community members came together to evaluate Clark Street from North Avenue to Armitage in a workshop co-hosted by Bike Walk Lincoln Park, 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith, and Active Transportation Alliance.

The many comments and suggestions have now been distilled into a document that reflects the overall assessment of the current state of the street and possibilities for changes.
Crossing Clark Street at Menomonee. (Photo: Bike Walk Lincoln Park)

The problems include:

  • Unsafe to cross Clark Street;
  • Speeding car traffic makes other streets users feel unwelcome;
  • Confusing mix of all traffic modes makes for chaotic experience for all users.
The suggestions include:
  • Right-sizing the width of the street;
  • Separation of travel modes for clearer delineation of space;
  • Addition of assistance for pedestrians, like refuge islands or raised crosswalks;
  • Better enforcement of traffic laws.
The next step is that this document and an even more comprehensive list of all the comments and suggestions will be forwarded to the city planners at the Chicago Department of Transportation, and then we'll wait to see what they suggest to help create a better Clark Street!
It's scary riding on Clark Street right along the green expanse of Lincoln Park, but it shouldn't be.
(Photo: Bike Walk Lincoln Park)

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