Portions of Van Buren Street, Kenilworth Avenue, Harvey Avenue and Thomas Street have been designated as corridors where signage and barricades will be used to minimize vehicle traffic and encourage drivers to slow down and be alert for people walking along the roadway.
The program will be implemented in phases. In the first phase, Van Buren Street will be a slow street between Kenilworth and Harvey avenues. Kenilworth and Harvey also will be slow streets for a three-block stretch between Madison and Van Buren streets in the initial phase.
Plans call for additional phases that would expand the slow streets along Kenilworth and Harvey avenues from Van Buren Street in the south to Thomas Street in the north, with gaps near main thoroughfares such as Lake Street and Chicago Avenue. In this phase, Thomas Street would also be designated a slow street between Kenilworth and Harvey.
Only the blocks marked in green on the map below will be designated as slow streets. Areas marked as slow street gaps are noted with red dashes to indicate blocks along the route where slow streets will not be in effect and regular traffic rules apply. The slow street gaps are in place near main thoroughfares such as Lake Street and Chicago Avenue where installing barricades and maintaining the slow street network is not feasible.
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Areas shown with red dashes are gaps in the slow street network due to a variety of issues that prevented closing these streets to thru traffic. The issues include:
- Intersections and blocks with traffic signals, which cannot be easily closed since these roads carry heavier volumes and road closures at signals require additional traffic control, signage, and detours. This includes the intersections of Chicago and Kenilworth, Lake and Kenilworth and Lake and Harvey
- The Lake Street Improvement Project has detour traffic using Kenilworth Avenue, which which makes Kenilworth and other streets in the area of Lake Street not appropriate for slow streets.
- High demand areas for on-street parking permits along Kenilworth from North Boulevard to Erie and Harvey from South Boulevard to Pleasant Street. These streets are typically congested due to on-street parking and there is not enough space to safely intermix bikes and pedestrians with traffic.
- In front of schools when schools are in session