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City Holds Pedestrian Safety Workshop

Evanston residents are invited to come out to a workshop Tuesday night at the Civic Center.

Two months after in a crosswalk by a driver speeding near Oakton School, city officials will convene a discussion of pedestrian safety.

The city will host a workshop on the subject from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, in room 2200 of the . Residents are invited to stop by at any time during the workshop to share their thoughts with city staff, police and members of a traffic consulting firm who will be on hand.

"Pedestrian safety is a growing issue in many communities especially during summer months and as we approach the beginning of the next school year,” Public Works Director Suzette Robinson said in a press release. “It is our hope to bring a diverse group of community members together in conjunction with city staff to discuss pedestrian safety and strategies.”

Organizers are seeking feedback on pedestrian crossings, school route safety and education and speed reduction strategies, according to the release.

While car accidents involving a pedestrian have declined over the past three years in Evanston, Robinson has said her department is focusing its efforts on even further.

Excluding car accidents that happened on private property and in alleys, there were 52 accidents involving pedestrians in 2011, down from 55 in 2010 and 67 in 2009, according to Robinson.

In 2011, some of the were Green Bay Road and Central Street, Davis Street and Ridge Avenue, and several intersections along Chicago Avenue.

The city is already planning improvements at some of those intersections, including work to improve pedestrian visibility at Davis and Ridge, where seven pedestrian accidents occurred last year. Public works crews have also installed countdown walk signals in several locations.

To improve safety at school crossings, engineers hired by the city will begin a study of school walk routes this fall, and Robinson said that the city hopes to implement their recommendations by 2013. The city is also working with District 65 schools and PTAs to develop the best routes for students who walk, and to make that information public.

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annie July 25, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I am a pedestrian, and I am a motorist. I am not a bicyclist. As a pedestrian, I try to watch out for cars when I am walking. For example, I use the crosswalks at stoplights, I do not walk between parked cars. As a motorist, I try to watch out for pedestrians when I am driving. As for people riding their bikes, I don't know what rules they follow. In the course of 3 days, in Evanston, I counted how many bike riders (kids/young adults/people over 40) stopped their bikes at stop signs. Answer : ZERO. The state crosswalks don't bother me and if I see someone who wants to cross the street standing there, waiting for me to stop, I definitely stop. What does bother me, are the people who don't bother looking before they walk, and then there they are, sauntering along 10 feet in front of a moving car. Common sense 101? Does it exist?
annie July 25, 2012 at 10:33 PM
As far as the city holding seminars about pedestrian safety, its a great idea. If there wasn't a need, they would not have done it. Isn't more info better than less info?
annie July 25, 2012 at 10:36 PM
The comment about movie attendence safety is in very poor taste.
millie July 25, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Don't see it.
Jim July 25, 2012 at 11:39 PM
I weigh 185 pounds and walk at 3 mph. A car weighs 3500 pounds and moves at 30 mph. When walking I always yield to the car and do not press my right of way. I teach my children to do the same. Common sense, yes? My point in an earlier comment is that I figured that out all by myself and really do not need to waste city time and money to point out what is self evident.

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