Zummaya doesn’t own a car and bikes every where.
The mayor’s proposal calls for using ARPA funds to create a city-wide mobility and transportation plan. For years, traffic safety approaches like crosswalks, speed bumps and traffic calming measures have been done on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis.
“Its just sort of an ad hoc one by one approach which then has to be approved by aldermen,” explained Catherine Hamacher, an urban planner. “It’s not an efficient approach nor really an effective approach.”
Hamacher has been a part of several projects over the years to help make streets safer. She says a city-wide plan is what people have long asked for.
The mayor’s office says $40 million would go towards improvements at high crash sites and major streets like Jefferson, Grand, Union, Goodfellow and Kingshighway.