A Traffic Safety Commitment for Chicago's West Side

Transportation planning will take on a much more safety-oriented focus according to the West Side Vision Zero Traffic Safety Plan announced last week.

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September 16, 2019, 7:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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The city of Chicago has a new West Side Vision Zero Traffic Safety Plan, reports John Greenfield, who calls the new plan a milestone for the city's crash prevention policies.

Here's how Greenfield describes the plan's substance:

The Vision Zero West Side Plan includes 15 strategies to improve traffic and pedestrian safety in East and West Garfield Park, North Lawndale and Austin. The recommendations include safety improvements around transit stations; efforts to promote walking and biking to school and make it safer; the installation of pedestrian islands and other walking infrastructure and curb extensions in other locations in the communities, and a street remix for the pedestrian-hostile “Five Corners” intersection of Ogden, Pulaski and Cermak.

The article includes a lot of statements from officials to summarize the goals and expected results of the new plan, as well as a discussion by Greenfield of where the new plan fits into the context of the city's larger Vision Zero efforts since the city released its initial Vision Zero Chicago Action Plan in 2017. 

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