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.