A Chicago civic group is releasing a proposal for 20 car-free areas and public plazas across the city. The group, Active Transportation Alliance, hopes to make Chicago's downtown area and many of the neighborhoods more attractive places to live and shop, while reducing traffic accidents and promoting more walking and biking.
The group believes that it's proposals will work without imposing extreme hardships on drivers. While they admit that not all 20 streets on their list should go car-free, they would like they city to consider what the city could look like with less traffic. The 20 locations were selected by planners and other members of the alliance, but also included input from the community.
Some of the proposed locations include:
- Monroe Avenue between Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive.
- Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile.
- One or more streets near Wrigley Field
- Segments of Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park.
- Bryn Mawr Avenue between Broadway and Sheridan Road.
- Segments of 18th Street in Pilsen.
- Humboldt Drive and/or Luis Munoz Marin Drive in Humboldt Park.