Madison Street over the Chicago River. Pedestrian traffic is very high, and very constrained, near the Metra stations.
Here’s the goal:
Show that pedestrians don’t get sufficient space or time to have a high quality pedestrian experience given that they comprise the largest mode share on streets in the Loop. The trips are highly delayed at traffic signals, pedestrian space is encroached upon because of automobile turning movements, and the sidewalks aren’t wide enough for two-way or even one-way traffic at certain times of the day. It’s possible to build our way out of pedestrian traffic…
Here’s an example data set:
On October 3, 2006, for all of the 24 hours, at 410 W Madison Street, there were 17,100 automobiles counted.
On some day in summer 2007, for 10 hours, at 350 W Madison Street, there were 43,987 pedestrians counted.
The two locations are practically the same as the bridge here prevents more pedestrians or automobiles from “slipping in”.
It’s possible to download the data sets from CDOT’s Traffic Tracker so you can see the whole city on your own map, but you’ll have to do some digging in the source code to find them.
About Steven Can Plan
I started this blog in 2007 as the writing assignment for an introductory urban planning class at UIC. It's about cities (mainly Chicago), GIS oftentimes, and transportation (mainly bicycling). Learn more about me, Steven Vance. I also write for Streetsblog Chicago.
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Bells can be quite useful, especially to tell people in front that you're passing them. I like the ding-dong bell the best. It makes a solid DING and then DONG on the spring's return.
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Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi by Steve Inskeep
I reviewed this book that the publisher sent to me.
Joyride: Pedaling Toward A Healthier Planet by Mia Birk, With Joe (Metal Cowboy) Kurmaskie, Joe Kurmaskie, Jim Moore
I met Mia Birk in October 2011.