Bike Uptown has developed a draft rendering of the intersection that re-enlivens it to make way for people by improving safety and harnessing its potential as a gateway to Uptown. Our advisory group has been working with Alderman Cappleman, the Chicago Department of Transportation and other interested parties to make the space calmer, less confusing and as hazard-free as possible for all users.
The design presented below is not final, but a suggestion to activate the discussion and get positive changes to the intersection of Broadway, Montrose, and Sheridan moving forward. We would like to get feedback from our fellow neighbors to see what they like and dislike about the redesign. What do you think?
The proposed redesign aims to drastically reduce the confusion that motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists alike experience when attempting to cross or pass through the numerous conflict points that make up this intersection.
Possible vehicular turns are reduced overall by one third. Several soft turning movements, which are more difficult for oncoming drivers to anticipate, are eliminated altogether, allowing oncoming traffic to proceed with confidence and lowering last minute lane changes. Tighter turning radii slow vehicles down through turns and force drivers to check for pedestrians entering cross walks.
Taken together, these changes make for a clearer, more intuitive experience for roadway users, and provide needed protection for pedestrians frequenting local businesses, transit stops, and the activated greenspace.
posted by Arline Welty and Eric Hanss