Did You Know?

Public transit users take 30 percent more steps and spend roughly eight more minutes walking each day than drivers.

April 3 public meeting on Circle Interchange is opportunity for biking, walking and transit

There's an opportunity next week to help improve biking, walking and transit in the UIC/West Loop area by attending a public meeting./

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has received approval to redevelop the Circle Interchange.

IDOT has funding for a project study and design/engineering, but funding for construction hasn't been identified yet. The project's goals are to reduce crashes, fix old infrastructure and reduce traffic congestion.

The project has impacts on nearby streets, including plans for three new flyovers above Halsted and Harrison. IDOT is also proposing to add bicycling, pedestrian and transit infrastructure.

The Peoria Street bridge and CTA station entrance will have to be rebuilt, and a group of citizens has proposed creating an active, lively, pedestrian street that gives priority to pedestrian and bicycle traffic on this important and heavily used gateway to UIC and the connection between UIC and the West Loop. Learn more at

IDOT will hold a public open house on Wed., April 3, 4-7 p.m., at Marriott Chicago at Medical District/UIC, 625 South Ashland Avenue. After this meeting, IDOT and its consultants will begin design and engineering. You can attend the open house to submit comments asking for more improvements for biking, walking and transit, including the Peoria Street pedestrian project.

Image courtesy of GAPS: the Group that's Activating Peoria Street.