46th Ward Transportation Town Hall a Success!

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

About bikeuptown46

I am currently the Communications Director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters which represents 33,000 union men and women in three states who swing a hammer for a living. I publsih a magazine, a couple of email newsletters and two websites. I also do videos, webinars, advertisng and public relations. As an avid cyclist I ride a three-wheeled trike 5 to 6 days per week 52 weeks per year which adds up to between 5,000 and 6,000 miles year-round, including daily commutes along Chicago's lakefront ... polar vortexes included. I have never missed a day of work because of Chicago's weather. I am an activist who serves humanitarian and political causes: To advocate for the Sudanese in Illinois who have fled Southern Sudan and Darfur is one of my most rewarding experiences. I work with my son Sean on Sudan presentations at churches and community groups with my Sudanese friends on the problems facing them in Darfur, South Sudan and the United States. My son Sean and I work together on the Abolition Institute which seeks to end slavery in the west African nation of Mauritania. My photography chronicles Chicago's lakefront through my daily rides. My photo website is http://genetenner.com/ I just self-published my first photo-book on the history of my Chicago neighborhood: Sweet Home Buena Park. I live about one-half mile north of Wrigley Field in the Buena Park neighborhood.

5 comments

  1. Steggo Montego

    I think Baker & Nosh on Wilson would be a good place for a parklet! My other favorite place would be in front of Ch’ava cafe on Leland/Clark and in front of Big Chicks on Sheridan.

  2. bikes4us

    The city is putting protected bike lanes all over the city – i want one in Uptown!

  3. Leland Ave. should be a Greenway like what is planned for Berteau.

  4. Mark

    Is a Road Diet for Broadway north of Montrose being considered? It would tame the street from the obstacle course that it is now to a safer and more predictable road for all users.

    • Mark, your comment is on point and timely. Bike Uptown is currently in the process of creating proposed alternatives for the Broadway/Sheridan/Montrose intersection and Broadway north of Montrose because so many residents have identified both areas as key safety concerns. We will be taking these proposals to Alderman Cappleman and CDOT in the near future. We see a road diet like the one you mentioned reducing the insanity of the Broadway multi-lane speedway and providing opportunities for innovative greenscaping and infrastructure like protected bike lanes. What do you envision?

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