Last night, CDOT staff and Alderman Ameya Pawar hosted a public meeting to show residents the final concepts for Chicago’s first proposed Neighborhood Greenway on Berteau from Clark to Lincoln. From the Bike Uptown perspective, it’s useful to learn how the presenters frame issues, and how the public responds to them.
Here was the framework:
- The Greenway was presented as a way to help achieve the Citywide Complete Streets Policy.
- In the context of safer streets for the elderly, children, and people with disabilities, CDOT discussed traffic calming measures like curb extensions, continental crosswalks, traffic circles, and chicanes.
- Berteau was cited as a good candidate for a Neighborhood Greenway because residents had called the Alderman’s office complaining about non-local traffic and speeding on Berteau.
- The presenters cited bicycle traffic count data to demonstrate the high percentage of cyclists already using the street during morning and evening rush hours (13%-16%!)
And here are the design elements:
- A contraflow bike lane in the places where Berteau is one-way.
- A bicycle traffic signal on Berteau at Damen. This would use the same signal phase as motorists.
- Removing unwarranted stop signs and replacing them with 2-way stops, chicanes, or traffic circles.
- Curb extensions at Courtenay School
- Pedestrian refuge island at Clark
Alderman Ameya Pawar (above) and his staff nailed this last piece though: they reassured the mildly agitated crowd that after the Neighborhood Greenway was installed, they would collect data and conduct more public feedback sessions to evaluate the greenway. Smart. Would anyone like to see a Neighborhood Greenway in our ward? If so, where?
posted by Arline Welty