Traffic Calming Owns Participatory Budgeting

A Participatory Budgeting postcard for you: the Streets and Cycling committee met this week to whittle down the list of projects from community brainstorms and identify winners that deserve more research. The theme of traffic calming keeps coming up. Check out the dominant project categories:

  • Making the intersection of Broadway, Montrose and Sheridan easier to navigate;
  • Traffic calming Leland and Clarendon;
  • Accommodating cyclists with protected lanes and places to park.

And of course there are routine considerations such as curbs, sidewalks and gutters that warrant repair. The Streets and Cycling teams are making  site visits in the next few weeks and will be prioritizing the projects that have the greatest potential to improve safety and beauty in our neighborhood.


left: Alderman James Cappleman listens to suggestions from the Streets and Cycling Committee

right: Andrew Vesselinovitch presents ideas for calming the intersection of Broadway, Montrose and Sheridan.

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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 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.

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