Glenwood Commuter Safety

Glenwood Commuter Safety Feedback Results

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On March 9, the 49th Ward office hosted a town hall meeting where we discussed a proposal to modify the traffic to flow one-way northbound on Glenwood between Pratt and Devon. A recording of that meeting is available to view by clicking here

Since Alderwoman Hadden first entered office in 2019, residents have consistently reached out with concerns about this particular stretch of Glenwood. The street is nestled in a dense area with many pedestrians. The heavy foot traffic combined with the existing bike lanes and two-way vehicular traffic on a narrow residential street has created unsafe conditions. 

In 2021, our office convened a community meeting with neighbors and residents to discuss the issue further. The objective of the meeting was to take a broader look at this stretch of Glenwood and see how we can improve safety for all users (motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians).

After soliciting feedback from area residents, CDOT conducted a traffic study for this stretch of Glenwood. Upon the conclusion of that study, they recommended modifying traffic to flow one-way northbound on Glenwood between Pratt and Devon. The northbound direction was determined by conversations with first responders who indicated that they needed it to remain northbound for their vehicles in the event of an emergency. Additionally, the proposal calls to keep the existing bike lanes, which connect to a greenway both north and south of this stretch. The proposal calls for no elimination of parking. A copy of the traffic study is available to review by clicking here

After our community meeting, we asked commuters of all types to share their feedback and ideas on how to improve commuter safety along this stretch of Glenwood. 

For the open-ended questions, a plurality (48.9%) of respondents expressed they liked the proposal in its current form and didn't have additional feedback to provide. Of the 331 respondents, only 8% responded that the proposal shouldn't be pursued and that no changes should be made to adjacent streets. 9% of respondents said they had no feedback to offer or didn't respond at all to the open-ended questions. 

Others made recommendations to enhance pedestrian and bike safety, with suggestions ranging from raised crosswalks to closing streets to vehicular traffic. Respondents also made suggestions on what traffic safety measures and signage can be installed on adjacent blocks to improve safety and help motorists navigate the area.

Share Your Feedback on the Proposal to Improve
Commuter Safety on Glenwood Avenue

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On March 9, the 49th Ward office hosted a town hall meeting where we discussed a proposal to modify the traffic to flow one-way northbound on Glenwood between Pratt and Devon. A recording of that meeting is available to view by clicking here

Since Alderwoman Hadden first entered office in 2019, residents have consistently reached out with concerns about this particular stretch of Glenwood. The street is nestled in a dense area with many pedestrians. The heavy foot traffic combined with the existing bike lanes and two-way vehicular traffic on a narrow residential street has created unsafe conditions. 

In 2021, our office convened a community meeting with neighbors and residents to discuss the issue further. The objective of the meeting was to take a broader look at this stretch of Glenwood and see how we can improve safety for all users (motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians).

After soliciting feedback from area residents, CDOT conducted a traffic study for this stretch of Glenwood. Upon the conclusion of that study, they recommended modifying traffic to flow one-way northbound on Glenwood between Pratt and Devon. The northbound direction was determined by conversations with first responders who indicated that they needed it to remain northbound for their vehicles in the event of an emergency. Additionally, the proposal calls to keep the existing bike lanes, which connect to a greenway both north and south of this stretch. The proposal calls for no elimination of parking.

Our office is seeking feedback and suggestions on the plans. Please take a moment to complete a short online survey to share your experiences and ideas. The survey can be completed at bit.ly/GlenwoodFeedback. The feedback form will close on March 20. 

49th Ward Town Hall March 9

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Join Alderwoman Hadden and the 49th Ward team for the monthly virtual town hall on Wednesday, March 9, at 6 pm. Attendees will hear important updates for the ward and the city including updates on the CDOT review of resident requests to turn Glenwood between Devon and Pratt, into a one-way northbound street. We will also have guests, Jessica Trejo and Sandra Arellano, from Illinois Masonic Medical Center join us to discuss early breast cancer detection. 

These meetings now take place on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 pm. Register to attend the meeting by visiting bit.ly/2022TownHalls. Spanish translation will be available. 

Community Meeting on Glenwood Avenue Traffic Safety

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Join Alderwoman Hadden and representatives from the Chicago Department of Transportation to share ideas on what traffic safety improvements you'd like to see on Glenwood from Devon to Pratt. The meeting will take place on Monday, July 26, at 5 pm. Those interested in joining should meet near the parking lot at the corner of Glenwood and Arthur.