Did you know that in Vermont, cars halt at crosswalks without the added incentive of a stop sign to let pedestrians pass? Oh, those crazy Green Mountaineers must be high on Ben & Jerry’s.
Actually, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), in coordination with the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Council (MPAC), is currently working on the Chicago Pedestrian Plan, which could make the city a little more like Vermont and a lot less like, well, Chicago.
If you haven’t heard of the Pedestrian Plan, that’s because so far CDOT and MPAC have spent most of their time creating a “vision statement.” With that exhausting task out of the way, they’re now ready to hear what you have to say about your dreams for a more pedestrian-friendly environment.
Throughout the summer, Pedestrian Plan organizers will hold a series of public meetings to outline goals and collect feedback. For North Siders, the nearest gathering is scheduled for August 10, 6-8 pm, Truman College Cafeteria, 1145 W. Wilson. Try walking there.