From my viewpoint along Van Buren, and contrary to the writer in last week's WJ [Slow Streets program is a failure, Viewpoints, Sept. 23], the Slow Streets program is successful. As soon as the signs were in place, I noticed a distinct reduction in the volume of traffic. Furthermore cars were moving more slowly. Before Slow Streets we had cars racing down the street, some even blowing through the stop sign at our corner.
It is wonderful to see families with young children biking along Van Buren, couples walking down the street, and friends walking and talking while being able to maintain a safe distance. The street has truly become multi-use.
I can't speak for all of Oak Park, but where I live, Slow Streets works. I hope it continues in the future.
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