Altamanu Inc. was engaged by the Chicago Department of Transportation
to help develop plans for Chicago’s first lane reduction or “Road Diet.” Altamanu, Inc. made major pedestrian oriented
recommendations for this arterial serving many Chicago neighborhoods that
include: narrowing the travel-way to three lanes (one in each direction with a
center left turn lane), bicycle lanes, and sidewalk widening to incorporate
street trees, infiltration planters and outdoor cafes. Plans include
pedestrian-scale lighting, decorative permeable paving, plaza and seating areas
and refuge islands for safer pedestrian street crossing.
The overall benefits of the plan will include pedestrian scaled
land-uses, reduced travel speeds, increased driver awareness, more bicycling,
and neighborhood connectivity. Reduced vehicular travel speeds allow for easier
and safer on-street parking, improved retail access and boosting the overall
walking and livability conditions in neighborhood.
project served as a case study for the Chicago Department of Transportation,
and many of the features of this design have now become CDOT standards.