The City of Evanston is in the process of making several significant improvements along the Church Street corridor between Dodge and Chicago Avenues. These improvements will not only increase pedestrian safety by slowing down traffic, but will also give children a safe corridor to bike to school with the installation of a protected bicycle path.

Because of the ongoing construction work, the City is recommending that parents traveling in the vicinity of Church Street for the purpose of dropping off students in the morning leave a few minutes earlier and park a block or two away in the afternoon when picking them up. These efforts should help reduce congestion and increase safety of school children in the vicinity of the schools. 

The increased bike traffic with the installation of the bicycle path will reduce the number of idling cars at schools, giving parents, children and recreational bicyclists access to the lake front. The project includes sidewalk brick replacement, street resurfacing, a protected bike path, bike shelter, sidewalk furniture and pedestrian lighting.

The project design also includes the use of sustainable or “green” elements: the reuse of brick pavers; the installation of rain gardens around trees and in the plaza area at Orrington Ave.; and the use of LED pedestrian lighting.

Additionally, the City of Evanston is teaming up with District 65 to continue to encourage students and parents to follow safety precautions when going to or from school. On the first day of school (Tuesday, September 4), the Evanston Fire Department will be greeting walkers and providing safety information stickers.  Residents can find more safety points for walking, biking and driving to and from school at www.cityofevanston.org along with a downloadable flyer on safety tips. Remember, the School Speed Limit is 20 mph and drivers must stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Residents can contact the City of Evanston at 3-1-1 with any questions or concerns regarding this project. Learn more about the Church St. project here>>> and here>>>.