Wednesday’s well-attended 46th Ward Town Hall meeting at Truman College saw an outpouring of support for a bikeable, walkable, and more vibrant Uptown.
Alderman James Cappleman updated residents on the proposed renovation of the Wilson Red Line stop—a massive overhaul that would remove the existing concrete pillars from Broadway and bring new life to the area in the form of a transit-oriented development. Bike Uptown introduced a wide range of projects that Uptown can work on as a community to make our neighborhood safer for all forms of transportation, active and automotive alike, and more fun to live and play in. These potential projects included protected bike lanes, neighborhood greenways, bike corrals, and parklets. Mike Amsden, the senior project manager for bikeways at the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), introduced the city’s Streets for Cycling 2020 Plan and explained the new bicycling infrastructure that will be appearing on streets across Chicago in the coming year.
We were so excited to hear how enthusiastic Uptown residents and the Alderman’s office were about safety, the possibilities of new protected bike lanes, better walking connections in the neighborhood (like an intersection redesign or pedestrian scramble on Broadway and Montrose), and setting up parklets in front of local businesses. It was wonderful to get to talk and brainstorm with many of you, and we can’t wait to continue the conversation about how to make Uptown an even better place to bike, walk, and live.
Get involved! Submit your photos of Uptown’s worst intersections, potholes, and any other barriers as well as your suggestions for parklets and comments to us at bikeuptown[at] gmail.
posted by Eric Hanss