These maps show the congestion and safety issues being created at a busy intersection – and the solution proposed by residents and police officers
Tens of thousands of people, especially cyclists, rely on this intersection every day to go about their daily lives. Cars and trucks zip past this intersection, including in the bike lane, blocking the cycle track. These maps show the intersection and the level of congestion created and the solutions being proposed to improve things.
The lanes are first-come, first-served, especially in warm weather. But there is no obvious way to transfer or navigate between lanes, especially with traffic backed up on an already hectic evening commute.
That is why a group of residents along with the police department formed the Renter’s Alliance. They say their aim is to have livable streets, while government agencies focus on responding to accidents and not livable streets.
The coalition doesn’t just want better bike lanes. They also are calling for more residential space to improve traffic congestion and air quality. The group also wants improvements to sidewalks and possibly a parking garage.
This is not the first time that a traffic-clogged intersection has attracted attention.
Recently, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the bicycle advocacy organization Movil Vision led a campaign to clean up a messy intersection by putting trash cans in key locations.
“The mess of graffiti, broken glass, cans, and other garbage at the intersection of Milwaukee and Florance streets has put out the message that it is important to clean up your local block,” the nonprofit said in a statement.
However, each local initiative at these intersections fails to reach their goal. Even so, the message is clear: coming out to these intersections is the only sure way to make a difference.
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