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Help Make Chinatown Friendlier For Pedestrians, Cyclists At Tuesday Forum

By Joe Ward | August 29, 2017 7:42am
 Neighbors can be urban planners at a Chinatown group's forum Tuesday night.
Neighbors can be urban planners at a Chinatown group's forum Tuesday night.
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Chicago Department of Transportation

CHINATOWN — A Chinatown group is asking neighbors to put on their urban planner hats and participate in a cycling and walking improvement plan for the neighborhood.

The Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community is hosting a "walking and biking design charrette" at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Leonard M. Louie Field House, 1700 S. Wentworth Ave. A charrette is a meeting in which everyone in attendance is invited to solve a problem, in this case improving cycling and walking in Chinatown.

"We will be soliciting feedback on the safety, accessibility, cleanliness of the streets and its relation to the health and safety of the young and aging populations,"  a media release from the coalition states.

The Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community recently won a $40,000 grant to make the neighborhood more pedestrian-friendly, and the Tuesday forum is part of those efforts. 

The group plans to conduct an audit of its transportation systems, including public transportation options, car traffic and infrastructure condition. Some of the groundwork has been laid in a community action plan, but now the group will work on a strategy to implement some of its ideas. A report will be issued this fall.

For more information on the event, click here.