Alderman James Cappleman and members of Bike Uptown met at the intersection of Montrose and the Lakefront Trail Tuesday morning to showcase the new “Stop for Pedestrians” signs that Alderman James Cappleman and Bike Uptown worked together to get installed.
“My first priority continues to be increasing safety in the 46th Ward. Since I took office, I have been working with residents and organizations such as Bike Uptown to increase safety through small changes in the short term, with a plan of making more significant changes in the near future. I cannot begin to stress the importance of the 46th Ward becoming a bike-able and walkable community,” said Cappleman. “It is one of those things that transcend social dividing lines. Feeling safe walking and biking around our community is crucial to improving our quality of life.”
The morning’s event celebrated achievements furthering two of Cappleman’s transportation master plan goals: to reduce pedestrian, bicycle and auto crashes, and to improve safety along the 46th Ward portion of the Lakefront Trail.
“There is much to do in the 46th Ward, but much of the improvements involve simple measures,” said Bike Uptown member Margo O’Hara. “It is often something as simple as the ‘Stop for Pedestrians’ signs that we see here today, or street and crosswalk markings that that make a huge difference in making our community more livable.”
After a year of discussion, planning and progress Bike Uptown and the Chicago Department of Transportation worked together with Alderman Cappleman to make significant steps towards achieving his main transportation master plan goal of reducing pedestrian, bicycle, and auto crashes and improving safety in the 46th Ward.
“This is just the first step to a future that may include a redesign of the Montrose, Sheridan and Broadway intersection, separated bike lanes on Broadway and calmer streets for all to enjoy,” added O’Hara.
Posted by Gene Tenner