With Poll: Aldermen to Evanston -- slow down!
Evanston aldermen voted Monday to have ordinances drafted cutting the speed limit on three major streets to 25 miles per hour.
They also asked staff to research the possibility of setting the same limit for the rest of the city's through streets.
Evanston already has a 25 mile per hour speed limit on side streets throughout the city and on certain sections of major roads.
The aldermen plan to vote next Monday on measures that would reduce the speed limits to 25 miles per hour on:
- Chicago Avenue from Dempster Street to South Boulevard.
- Central Street from McDaniel Avenue to Central Park Avenue.
- Oakton Street for its entire length.
That would leave portions of 14 streets with 30 mile per hour limits, and two -- Golf Road and McCormick Boulevard -- with 35 mile per hour limits.
But those could vanish as well if aldermen decide to move ahead with the broader speed limit reduction next month.
A city staff report says major streets in corridors with high pedestrian activity and retail shops for the most part already have 25 mile per hour limits.
The report says that officials in Peoria considered a uniform speed reduction to 25 mile per hour, but were told by Federal Highway Administration officials that a uniform speed reduction wouldn't be enforceable.
And it said Columbia, Mo., found that just installing lower speed limit signs cut average speeds on different streets by between one and six miles per hour.
The staff report says reducing traffic speeds dramatically reduces the severity of pedestrian accidents.