Dear Mayor Abu-Taleb, Trustees, Ms. Scaman, and Ms. Pavlicek:
The modification of the traffic pattern and 25 mph speed limit on Madison Street has resulted in slower traffic on that street and more obstacles to car traffic in the form of pedestrian crossings.
This has caused drivers to opt for using Washington Boulevard, where the speed limit is 30 mph and there are fewer protected pedestrian crossings. Many of these drivers are exceeding the speed limit on that street.
I am writing to strongly urge you to reduce the allowed traffic speed on Washington Boulevard from 30 to 25 miles per hour, create protected pedestrian crossings similar to those no in place on Madison Street and add speed monitors such as now present on South Oak Park Avenue and Harrison Street. Adding speed cameras on Washington Boulevard would also be a great idea as is making 25 mph the speed limit everywhere in Oak Park.
I am sure you agree with me that we don’t want to have more pedestrian accidents and deaths caused by cars in this town. To this end, strict enforcement of speed limits and other traffic rules is paramount and there is considerable room for improvement on that point.
Maarten C. Bosland