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What’s your vision for North Lake Shore Drive?

Chicago residents will be given an opportunity to help shape the future of North Lake Shore Drive at a public meeting on July 8 hosted by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT).

The purpose of the meeting is to present the latest information about the planning process and obtain feedback from the public.

What: North Lake Shore Drive Public Meeting
Who: Illinois Department of Transportation and Chicago Department of Transportation 
When: Tuesday, July 8, 2014: 1pm – 7pm
Where: The Drake Hotel – Gold Coast Ballroom (140 E. Walton Place)
RSVP today!

The Active Transportation Alliance was part of a coalition of 15 regional organizations that released a civic platform last year urging Chicagoans to support a bold vision for the project built upon principles of safety, mobility, connectivity, livability and sustainability.

This meeting kicks off the second round of public meetings after the project team reviewed more than 300 public comments from the first round last year.

The team also released a draft Purpose and Need Statement in May, which laid out their initial vision for the focus of the project. Hundreds of Active Trans supporters responded to the draft asking for greater visibility in the document for alternative transportation options, like bicycling and public transit.

Now it’s time to carry our vision to the July 8 meeting!

Active Trans continues to advocate for a design that meets the needs of everyone who uses the lakefront and move away from the slow shift of Lake Shore Drive towards a superhighway that serves as an ever-widening barrier between Chicago and its lakefront.

Following are three of our top priorities:

1) Mobility – Separate transit from automobile traffic with bus-only lanes and other public transportation enhancements, such as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), so transit capacity reaches levels more appropriate for the high population density along the lakefront.

2) Safety – Add a separate bike facility for higher speed traffic to improve safety and convenience for both recreation Lakefront Trail users and for bike commuters.

3) Connectivity – Increase lakefront access points and redesign roadway connections and intersections to provide a more seamless park experience between the neighborhoods and the lakefront.

Join us at the public meeting on July 8th as we push for these and other critical priorities.

Click here to RSVP. An RSVP is not required to attend but we encourage you to let us know if you're planning to go so we can monitor turnout and keep you informed.