Alderman Arena, Improve Milwaukee Ave from Lawrence to Elston WITHOUT reducing Milwaukee Ave to one lane of traffic in either direction
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Alderman Arena, Improve Milwaukee Ave from Lawrence to Elston WITHOUT reducing Milwaukee Ave to one lane of traffic in either direction

    1. John Garrido
    2. Petition by

      John Garrido

      Chicago, IL

We are concerned citizens who urge our elected officials to improve Milwaukee Ave as part of the Complete Streets Program from Lawrence to Elston WITHOUT the use of a “road diet” that would reduce Milwaukee Ave to one lane of traffic in either direction to make room for protected bike lanes and eliminate parking along the curb.    

There is no doubt that Milwaukee Ave from Foster Ave to Elston Ave needs improvement and we welcome that change.

  • Better timed traffic lights,
  • resurfaced roadway,
  • pedestrian medians at intersections,
  • clearly defined buffered bike lanes where they currently exist are all ideas we support.

But reducing Milwaukee Ave to one lane in either direction, eliminating parking spaces along Milwaukee Ave and installing protected bike lanes that will move existing park away from the curb are all ideas we DO NOT support. 

There are too many business that will be negatively impacted by creating a terrible parking environment. Traffic congestion will dramatically increase especially when beer trucks, ups trucks and others make deliveries to businesses along Milwaukee Ave. 

We welcome improvements to the area, but not at the expense of removing a lane of traffic.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. THANK YOU!!! PLEASE TURN IN HARD COPY PETITIONS

      John Garrido
      Petition Organizer

      First THANK YOU to all who helped share this online petition and collect hard copy signatures!!

      We don't know if our Alderman will listen, but at least we tried.

      If anyone has any of the Hard Copy Road Diet petitions, please turn them in as soon as you can. CDOT will likely be coming out with a plan in the next month or so and we would like them to consider the position of those opposed to reducing Milwaukee ave down to one lane of traffic in either direction.

      PLEASE TURN THEM IN BY TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014.

      YOU CAN TURN THEM IN TO OUR GLADSTONE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT:

      Dave Wians
      State Farm Insurance Agent
      5870 N. Milwaukee Ave

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. Opposing petition uses fake names to pad numbers

      John Garrido
      Petition Organizer

      First I want to thank you all for your support of this petition. Your comments are outstanding and give the petition merit; it's clear you all live in or around the area impacted by this plan.

      Our Alderman stated at a meeting last week, "We have an opposing petition..."; one that supports the lane reduction.

      Their petition says:
      "Follow the recommendations of the Chicago Department of Transportation to make this section of Milwaukee Avenue between Lawrence and Elston safer for pedestrians, children, handicapped, senior citizens, and bicyclists.
      PUT MILWAUKEE AVE ON A ROAD-DIET."

      They are up to 476 signatures compared to ours at over 600. They are using a different site that doesn't require real information; as evidenced by one supporter who goes by "Bozo the clowm". Most of their signatures don't come from the neighborhood.

      "#380. Bozo The Clowm from Clown Town City, CA signed this petition on Jan 30, 2014."

      Please continue to spread the word about this petition.

    4. DNAINFO story

      John Garrido
      Petition Organizer
      Northwest Siders Spar Over Plan for New Bike Lanes on Milwaukee Avenue

      GLADSTONE PARK - The debate over a plan to improve the flow of traffic and reduce crashes along Milwaukee Avenue in Jefferson Park and Gladstone Park has sparked two online petitions designed to influence the project still being crafted by city officials. Chicago Police Lt. John Garrido, who narrowly lost to Ald.

    5. ABC 7 Story on the project

      John Garrido
      Petition Organizer
      Milwaukee Avenue protected bike lane debate heats up on Northwest Side

      January 30, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Some residents want to put the brakes on plans for bike lanes on a stretch of Milwaukee Avenue. The protected bike lanes would stretch from Lawrence to Elston and remove one lane of traffic on Milwaukee in each direction.

    6. Fox News story on the project

      John Garrido
      Petition Organizer
      Petitions arise over proposed bike lanes on Milwaukee Avenue

      Protected bike lanes have been popping up around the city of Chicago for some time. Most times they are met with mixed emotions. The latest debate is over a portion of a more than $1 million project to repair Milwaukee Avenue on the North West side.

    7. Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association Meeting

      John Garrido
      Petition Organizer

      About 50 people turned out for a sound and civil discussion on the project. Thank you to Andi from the Alderman's office who was very responsive to all ideas presented at the meeting. While about half of the group had a definite opinion about the project one way or the other, most were looking for more information.

      It was reiterated again by the Alderman's office that this project was still in the planning stages and they welcome community input and feedback.

      Andi Vanderkolk suggested one way to give feedback would be to send her an email which she would forward to CDOT.

      Her email address is Andi.Vanderkolk@cityofchicago.org

      Since speed seems to be the driving reason for lane reduction, I proposed the idea of using "your speed" signs as part of their analysis.

      Here is a survey that shows driver feedback signs work well in reducing speed. I think because people would think they are speed cameras, they would work even better:
      http://tiny.cc/9zaiax

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29TH AT 7PM.

      John Garrido
      Petition Organizer

      There will be a JPNA meeting on Wednesday, January 29th at 7pm, at
      the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 West Giddings, in the basement. The Milwaukee Ave improvement under the Complete Streets Program will be one of the topics for discussion. Spread the word! If you have an opinion one way or another, now is the time to speak up about it.

      AND CONGRATULATIONS!! WE ARE UP TO 211 SIGNATURES AND CLIMBING!

    10. Reached 200 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Chris Johnson CHICAGO, IL
      • 4 months ago

      I support local businesses in the area and they will be hugely and negatively impacted by this plan. Traffic is bad enough as it is. Pedestrians will never be able to cross street. We are taking roads away to support those that do not pay for them with registrations and licensing.

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    • Sharon Palmer CHICAGO, IL
      • 4 months ago

      At my address is a senior citizen, and a disabled person, there are doctors' offices along Milwaukee Ave making them walk further to the door is not understandable. Additionally this is a road with both a firehouse and a police station .. not to mention a huge bus station to cut traffic down to 2 lanes is poor planning. Those bike lanes will not be used to their full capacity year round, will require ongoing funds to plow.. where is that money coming from. I am against it, and I don't own a car. Leave it as it is .. put up a zebra crossing if you have to across from the transit station and install a couple of cash cameras if speeding is an issue.

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    • Rename Benoit CHICAGO, IL
      • 4 months ago

      This will cause major congestion. Small business owners will be affected in a negative way. Bicycle owners do not pay any sticker or registration fees to have a whole street lane.

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    • Nancy Lucas CHICAGO, IL
      • 4 months ago

      We don't need any more big brother, traffic slowing nonsense in this city. We are spied upon, traffic snarled, and hurt in our businesses. Enough of this mini dictatorship! Bicycles do not own the road in big cities! They are a nuisance. The wants of a small minority, yet again, trump those of the majority. When and where will this end????

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    • Robert Jefferson CHICAGO, IL
      • 4 months ago

      Traffic on Milwaukee Ave is already heavy with bus car and truck traffic will hinder our club attendance

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