LOGAN SQUARE — A plan to fix a stretch of Logan Boulevard that’s considered perilous for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers alike has drawn “strong support” from neighbors, according to the transportation group that crafted the plan.
Active Transportation Alliance on Tuesday released a report after 10 months of research, surveys and partnerships with local organizations and community stakeholders.
The improvement plan is focused on Logan Boulevard from Rockwell Avenue to Lathrop Homes — a stretch that includes the notoriously dangerous Western Avenue underpass.
In the report, the group identifies a number of challenges on the stretch such as low visibility, narrow sidewalks and inadequate lighting and then provides long-term recommendations based on those challenges.
Some of the group’s recommendations include installing protected bike lanes, adding new crosswalks, improving lighting and redesigning the street so it’s one lane in each direction. The full report is available online.
According to the group, the stretch sees 8,900 cars daily, “making it an ideal candidate to be redesigned to one traffic lane in each direction.”
“Right-sizing Logan Boulevard would create space that could be dedicated to protecting people who bike and walk through this busy transportation corridor and encourage more people to choose active transportation options,” the group wrote in its report.
The report is part of the group’s larger campaign to build a continuous and accessible trail along the Chicago River. It’s a way for Active Transportation Alliance to get the city to commit to improvements — it’s not a city-funded project as of yet.
More than 80 percent of the roughly 1,000 survey respondents said they’re in favor of improving Logan Boulevard and using it to connect to a Chicago River trail, according to the report.
Active Transportation is holding a rally Tuesday on Logan Boulevard just west of the skate park to raise awareness for the campaign.
Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) and Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) are expected to attend the rally, set for 3:30-4 p.m.
The next step is to continue to work with neighborhood leaders and city officials to identify funding sources for the project, according to the report.
Meanwhile, neighborhood group Logan Square Preservation conducted its own survey on the subject and found that 82 percent of its roughly 660 respondents opposed the removal of traffic lanes to accommodate protected bike lanes.
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