Parks are for People First: Keep Ravine Road Closed to Automotive Traffic

Parks are for People First: Keep Ravine Road Closed to Automotive Traffic

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In one of Milwaukee's finest parks; Lake Park, a historic footbridge that crosses over Ravine Road has at least another two years before it is scheduled to reopen. Over the last five years, the crumbling footbridge has also kept Ravine Road, just below closed, which had previously been used as a scenic shortcut solely designated for car traffic and explicitly prohibiting people walking and people biking. Lively public discussions have arisen over the future of the beautiful winding throughway and whether it should reopen solely to car traffic once the bridge construction is complete.

In addition, a petition presently exists to reopen Ravine Road to automotive traffic at most times. Milwaukee Safe & Healthy Streets believes that public spaces are of great value. In our fast-paced overdriven and over parked metropolitan, we must strive to create and maintain spaces that place personhood at the forefront. As an active transportation alliance that aims not only to support increased health and safety in the public right of way for people walking and biking, we also fully support the effort to reduce the stressful impact that people driving automobiles place on our natural environment, something that Lake Park's creators couldn't have fully actualized at the time.

We wish to see Ravine Road opened to pedestrians and bicyclists but remain permanently closed to automotive traffic.


While we are aware that historic preservation consultants were hired and, "concluded that the pattern and use of the road are integral to Olmsted’s design – even in the 21stcentury," residents report that the ravine currently feels safer and allows pedestrians to thoroughly enjoy nearby nestled paths in a manner that is more attuned to the integrity of the designer of the Lake Park, Fredrick Law Olmsted's intentions. That is a space that is "psychologically and morally restorative to the city dweller living in cramped spaces.

Opening Ravine Road to pedestrians and bicyclists and keeping it closed to automotive traffic will help maintain pedestrian safety in the core of Lake Park and provide a key link in an active transportation network that connects the lakefront, Lake Park, Riverside Park, and the Oak Leaf Trail via Newberry Boulevard.

Join us in advocating for protecting the natural beauty, tranquility and restorative qualities that Lake Park offers with reduced automotive traffic.

Milwaukee Safe & Healthy Streets 

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