Go Ahead and Ignore that 20 MPH School Zone

The Pedestrian Safety Committee has been working with Glenview, Wilmette, and Northfield village since the fall of 2013.  Often it is difficult for the villages to notice zoning issues that are clearly failing.  A great example is Lake Ave at Sherwood, which is a 20 MPH zone when students are present.  As anyone who has driven down Lake avenue in morning will attest to, no one is doing 20 MPH.  To capture the issue, we recorded a student at 8:00 AM in the morning standing right at the entrance of Sherwood and Lake, the path students are expected to take to get to Avoca West Elementary.  You will notice a number of issues:

  • No traffic signal is in place to help regulate traffic and provide for the safe crossing of pedestrians.
  • Drivers are not slowing to 20 MPH in the school zone. (At 48 seconds into the video you will hear a car horn when a single west bound driver, on the other side of the street, slowed to 20 MPH and was aggressively honked at by another driver.)
  • Drivers pulling out to Lake from Sherwood only look to their left, completely ignoring any pedestrian approaching to the right.

If a picture is worth 1000 words, then a video is worth of community discussion.

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