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Nearly five children are hit by people driving every day in Illinois while walking or biking within one block of a school.

Stretch of South State St. now easier for walking

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State Street between 69th and 79th Streets on Chicago’s South Side has not beeen a welcoming place to walk.

Located just east of the Dan Ryan Expressway, the street is essentially a frontage road, but gets a lot of pedestrian traffic going to Red Line stations located along the median of the Dan Ryan at 69th and 79th Streets.

The speeding cars, a lack of walking accommodations and a lackluster business strip made it an unpleasant place for people on foot.

To address some of these problems, the Chicago Department of Transportation and the 6th Ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer decided to make it into a Complete Street.

Along with creating a new buffered bike lane and diagonal parking that narrow the roadway and slow traffic (see cross section graphic), there are now better crosswalks and ADA sidewalk ramps installed at the crosswalks to make the walk to the train stations easier and safer. 

Since Active Trans played a role in gathering public feedback for this project, we're especially pleased to see the improvements become a reality. 

Our friends at StreetsBlog Chicago recently provided a full review of the recent improvements. 

The cross section graphic provided by CDOT.