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.
August is Speed Prevention Month
Despite advancements in vehicle safety and passenger protection, thousands of Americans die each year in speed-related crashes. Crash data since 1995 shows a continuous increase in the number of deaths and injuries attributed to speed. Speeding-related fatalities increased by 2 percent from 10,001 in 2011 to 10,219 in 2012.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during 2012, more than 10,000 lives were lost across America in speeding-related traffic crashes. Of those, 387 occurred in Illinois, or approximately 40% of all Illinois traffic fatalities in 2012. One life lost is too many.
Remember, driving impaired and speeding are a deadly combination. Between midnight and 3 a.m., 75 percent of speeding drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking.
Please remember, Stop Speeding Before it Stops You.
For more information, please visit NHTSA at www.nhtsa.gov.
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.