The City of Chicago is committed to building Complete Streets to ensure that everyone – pedestrians, transit users,bicyclists and motorists – can travel safely and comfortably along and across a street. Complete Streets give Chicagoans of all ages and abilities safer, cheaper, and healthier travel options. They support economic development and can incorporate environmental services and placemaking, which helps to create sustainable infrastructure and communities. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is working to bring these benefits to your community.
Implementing New Design Guidelines
The launch of this website, a portal for everything Complete Streets in Chicago, coincides with the implementation of the new Complete Streets Guidelines and the Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Guidelines for every CDOT project.
July is Driving Under the Influence Awareness Month
Driving under the influence kills more than 10,000 people every year. On average in 2012, one person was killed every 51 minutes in an alcohol-impaired driving crash.
Throughout the city especially around holiday weekends, drivers should expect to see the police out in force, cracking down on drunk driving through increased sobriety checkpoints, roving and saturation patrols, and other enforcement efforts. Unfortunately, these enforcement campaigns are necessary—drunk driving is an epidemic in our nation. In 2012, there were 10,322 people killed in drunk-driving crashes. That’s one third of all traffic fatalities nationwide.
If you drive drunk, you not only put your life and the lives of others at risk, you could face a DUI arrest. The average DUI costs $10,000, making it difficult to recover financially.
Avoid Impaired Driving and Cycling Altogether.
- Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi, rideshare, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
- If you see an intoxicated driver or cyclist on the road, don’t hesitate to contact 911;
- Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to safely get to where they are going.
Alcohol and driving don’t mix. Impaired driving or riding is no accident—nor is it a victimless crime.
For more information about the the dangers of driving under the influence, visit the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration site here.
Complete Streets Project: Make Way for People
Launched in Spring 2013, The Department of Transportation’s Make Way for People initiative aims to create public spaces that cultivate community and culture in Chicago’s neighborhoods through placemaking. Make Way for People supports innovation in the public way by opening Chicago’s streets, parking spots, plazas and alleys to new programming and market opportunities via public and private partnerships. In addition to improving street safety and promoting walkable communities, this initiative supports economic development for Chicago’s local businesses and Chicago’s neighborhoods. Learn more about this initiative in the video below.
More information about Make Way for Play is also available on our City website.