Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Small improvements for people walking in Lincoln Park

by Michelle Stenzel

We're eagerly waiting for the re-paved Lincoln Avenue to materialize, and when it does, I'll be sure to post "after" pictures. In the mean time, I noticed a few small improvements made lately in the neighborhood.

There are new "Stop for Pedestrian" signs installed on Armitage, at Mohawk Street and at Cleveland Avenue:
New "Stop for Pedestrian"signs on Armitage at Cleveland. (Photo: Bike Walk Lincoln Park)
The signs are on both crosswalks, alongside the zebra-stripe markings. These intersections are "uncontrolled", which means that there is no stop sign or red light for drivers. 

I also noticed new faux-brick stamped crosswalks at the intersection of Clark and Webster:
New crosswalks on Webster at Clark Street. (Photo: Bike Walk Lincoln Park)
This is a very busy intersection, especially before school starts at neighboring Francis Parker School. It's nice to see the fresh striping, paint and stamped asphalt. Families with kids at the school and all the neighborhood people likely appreciate the increased visibility of the crosswalks.

Over the summer, Stockton Drive was re-paved, and brand new crosswalks were placed in the vicinity of the Farm In the Zoo and Cafe Brauer:
New crosswalk on Stockton Drive near the Farm in the Zoo. (Photo: Bike Walk Lincoln Park)
The crosswalks are great, but the signage is wrong, so drivers are usually parked on the crosswalk, because it's a "legal" spot according to the signs. We've made Alderman Smith's office aware of this problem. We've also suggested that in-road "Stop for Pedestrian" signs be added on the crosswalks to increase the chances that drivers will stop for people in the crosswalk. Once there are additional adjustments, we'll try to do an updated post on Stockton!

All these changes might seem small, but they're important, and they add up slowly to make our neighborhood more friendly for people walking. Have you seen any improvements in Lincoln Park?


  1. I've noticed a new buffered bike lane along fullerton from halsted to at least racine (haven't treaded west of racine) The are nice and freshly painted. There was previously a bike lane there but now it is buffered with thicker lines. Seems nice. I wonder how far that goes west.

    1. Thanks for the comment. We'll have to check those out soon! Further west on Fullerton, closer to Southport, is supposed to get an entire street re-design, but I'm not sure the status of that. -- MS