Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson opens newly installed pedestrian and bike safety improvements in Garfield Park
Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson revealed the completion of newly implemented pedestrian and bike safety enhancements in Garfield Park. Joined by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), Aldermen Jason Ervin and Walter Burnett, and community leaders, Johnson inaugurated the project along Central Park Avenue, spanning from Madison Street to Franklin Boulevard.
The safety upgrades encompass protected bike lanes and elevated crosswalks, contributing to heightened safety and improved accessibility for travelers in the vicinity. The infrastructure project aims to facilitate safer and more comfortable access to destinations like the Conservatory and other attractions on the West Side.
Emphasizing the correlation between traffic safety and public safety, Mayor Johnson expressed the significance of creating secure streets for a better, stronger, and safer Chicago.
Acting CDOT Commissioner Tom Carney highlighted the project's role in enhancing travel safety in Garfield Park and expanding the city's low-stress bike network. Raised crosswalks are anticipated to encourage responsible driving behavior, fostering improved pedestrian visibility and increased separation between pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.
Alderman Jason Ervin believes these enhancements will mitigate dangerous speeding and traffic incidents on Central Park Avenue, improving accessibility to popular destinations within Garfield Park. Initial data from CDOT indicates a substantial decrease in speeds over 30 miles per hour, promising positive implications for the likelihood and severity of crashes.