The problems with East Lake avenue are not unique to Illinois. PBS did a report called Crossing the Line where they looked at Buford Highway in Georgia. About 3:30 into the video, they discuss how 1/2 a mile is too far to space crosswalks for stretches of road where pedestrians would cross. They even mention that police on foot would not walk 1/2 a mile to cross a roadway. Yet that is exactly the situation on East Lake Avenue between Glenview and Wilmette where families wanting to go to Wilmette’s West Park, Avoca West Elementary, Dairy Queen, Starbucks, etc on foot or bike would have to do so at Harms road or Laramie. Of course there are lots of places for those of us driving a car to make a right or left, just not those on foot.
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