Planning for Pedestrians in Chicago

Hit-and-run accidents in Chicago are double the national average. That's just one factor as the city develops its first ever comprehensive pedestrian plan.

Yesterday was the first in a series of public meetings to gather input on how to make Chicago safer for pedestrians, with the goal of developing a set of recommendations by the end of the year.

Jon Hilkevitch at The Chicago Tribune says that possible recommendations the city is considering include "pedestrian countdown timers at crosswalks that are becoming more prevalent citywide; curb bump-outs that improve safety by shortening the distance of crosswalks; and median islands that provide a safe place for pedestrians who find themselves in the middle of a crossing when traffic signals change."

Full Story: Chicago Pedestrian Plan: City strives to be more pedestrian-friendly city

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