48th Ward Harry Osterman
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On November 19th, 2016, as as my husband and I were walking down Clark to buy some coffee and cookies from a group of girls who were selling baked goods, a CHILD was hit by a car while crossing the pedestrian crosswalk at Clark and Farragut.
Crowds of people gathered around her, an ambulance was called, and she was rushed to the ER.
This past winter, right before my 30th birthday, I was crossing the pedestrian crosswalk at Clark and Farragut, when a car flew at me going so much faster than the speed limit and had to slam on its brakes to keep from hitting me. The car swerved and ended up hitting the flimsy, yellow, three-foot stop sign in the middle of the road. There were police just a few storefronts down so I ran over to them and pointed to the car and said that it almost hit me. The officer asked me if I was hurt and when I said no, I was just reporting that the driver did not stop and came close to hitting me, the officer said there was nothing he could do about it.
September 6th, 2017, my husband was walking across the same exact pedestrian crosswalk. He stopped for two cars that were obviously going to speed by without looking at the tiny stop signs, but he began crossing when he saw that the next car was almost a block away. Regardless, the car flew down the street, into the crosswalk and had to slam on its brakes to keep from hitting my husband. It was mere inches away from his body. I heard the screeching of tires from inside my apartment all the way across the building to the back kitchen.
These three incidents happened in less than one year, and of course these are only the three that I witnessed with my own eyes. I am sure there have been more.
I urge you to share your story on this page if you have been hit by a car at this corner, or have came close to being hit or hitting someone because of the poorly-marked crosswalk.
The area of Clark Street that goes through Andersonville is a pedestrian area. It is filled with restaurants, bookstores, cafes, bars, pet stores, boutiques, clothing stores, record stores, ice cream shops, toy stores, and it is surrounded on all sides by family homes. This exact corner is surrounded on four sides with the following:
• a book store
• an eye doctor/glasses store
• a dance school
• an art gallery/record store/venue
• A CANDY STORE
Drivers, especially during rush hour, decide to use Clark to avoid the traffic of Broadway and Ashland, both streets run parallel to Clark on either side. Broadway and Ashland have:
• much higher speed limits
• fewer stop signs
• fewer pedestrian crosswalks
• fewer pedestrians
• fewer bikers
• fewer dog walkers
• fewer children
• fewer strollers
But both of those streets are more congested during rush hour, so drivers use Clark as a highway between the two. This is wrong.
I, and everyone who follows this page, demand that a Chicago traffic police detail be stationed at Clark and Farragut at all times until any of the following are deployed:
• a stop sign, paired with brighter, newer crosswalk paint
• traffic cameras, paired with brighter, newer crosswalk paint
• a traffic light, paired with brighter, newer crosswalk paint
• a speed reader that tells drivers how fast they are going, paired with brighter, newer crosswalk paint
• a flashing red light, paired with brighter, newer crosswalk paint
This is the moral thing to do, the safe thing to do, and it is the smart thing to do. If our page exists and a pedestrian is harmed or killed at that crosswalk... No one can say it wasn't pure negligence.
If this page exists and a pedestrian is harmed or killed at that crosswalk... No one can say it wasn't pure negligence.
I know that there are very dire and important issues happening in the world right now that need our attention, but those problems are difficult to define and difficult to solve. This problem is potentially life-threatening. It's extremely serious, and the solution is extraordinary obvious and easy.