The Chicago Department of Transportation said Friday that it’s launching a new community engagement effort – more than two years since the city’s cyclist and pedestrian safety groups met.
The Chicago Mobility Collaborative is set to meet four times a year, with its first meeting scheduled to take place virtually from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30.
“The Chicago Mobility Collaborative will provide a new opportunity for conversation and collaboration with CDOT to build a better and more inclusive transportation network,” CDOT Commissioner Gia Biagi said in a statement. “Chicago is a multi-modal city and that is what this collaborative will represent. Whether you primarily get around by walking, biking, taking transit, or anything in between, we look forward to working together to make a safer, better-connected city.”
The group will take the place of the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council, Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Council, and the Vision Zero Advocacy Group. The pedestrian and bicycle councils have not met since February and March 2020, respectively. CDOT says the new CMC aims to take a holistic look at the city’s transportation needs rather than focus on a single subject with the aim of boosting safety and equity.
The agency has faced widespread calls for safer streets after three pedestrians and one cyclist have been killed by drivers in Chicago this month. Three of the victims have been children.
The most recent death came just a day before the announcement, when 11-year-old Jalon James was struck and killed while crossing the 3300 block of west 16th Street. One neighbor described that stretch of road to Block Club Chicago as being “like a drag strip.”
CDOT says the other Chicago Mobility Collaborative meetings are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29 and Thursday, Dec. 8, both from 3 to 4:30 p.m.