The Chicago Division of Transportation stated Friday that it’s launching a brand new neighborhood engagement effort – greater than two years for the reason that metropolis’s bike owner and pedestrian security teams met.
The Chicago Mobility Collaborative is about to satisfy 4 occasions a yr, with its first assembly scheduled to happen just about from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30.
“The Chicago Mobility Collaborative will present a brand new alternative for dialog and collaboration with CDOT to construct a greater and extra inclusive transportation community,” CDOT Commissioner Gia Biagi stated in a press release. “Chicago is a multi-modal metropolis and that’s what this collaborative will signify. Whether or not you primarily get round by strolling, biking, taking transit, or something in between, we look ahead to working collectively to make a safer, better-connected metropolis.”
The group will take the place of the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council, Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Council, and the Imaginative and prescient Zero Advocacy Group. The pedestrian and bicycle councils haven’t met since February and March 2020, respectively. CDOT says the brand new CMC goals to take a holistic take a look at town’s transportation wants fairly than deal with a single topic with the intention of boosting security and fairness.
The company has confronted widespread requires safer streets after three pedestrians and one bike owner have been killed by drivers in Chicago this month. Three of the victims have been youngsters.
The latest demise got here only a day earlier than the announcement, when 11-year-old Jalon James was struck and killed whereas crossing the 3300 block of west sixteenth Road. One neighbor described that stretch of street to Block Membership Chicago as being “like a drag strip.”
CDOT says the opposite Chicago Mobility Collaborative conferences are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29 and Thursday, Dec. 8, each from 3 to 4:30 p.m.