Lower the speed limit on Sheridan road next to the Northwestern University's campus
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The stretch of Sheridan road next to the Northwestern University campus (and only there) is considered a freeway. Around 5pm on the evening of Thursday September 22nd, a Northwestern Freshman from China, Chuyuan “Chu” Qiu, lost her life when she was hit by a cement truck while she was on her bike. Northwestern students need to cross Sheridan road every day, multiple times a day to get to and from class. This should not be a place where they need to be worried about their safety.
Evanston has said that it is planning to install bike lanes on Sheridan, which (if it happens) is a start. But by lowering the speed limit, they will further ensure the safety of not only Northwestern students, but of anyone on the street. Furthermore, there should be radar speed limit signs to remind drivers of the speed limit. Far too often driver speed down Sheridan well over the already too high speed limit, and there are no police to enforce the law. We cannot let any one else lose their life or be endangered by this poorly thought out freeway.
This petition is going to 2nd Ward Alderman Peter Braithwaite who is the Chair of the Administration and Public Works Committee as well as the rest of the members for this committee. The dangers of this road are not at all Mr. Braithwaite's or any other committee member's fault, as the freeway is over 90 years old, but they can help make it a safer place.
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