Current law leaves the funding of sidewalks to property owners. Unfortunately many of the
Neighborhoods without sidewalks and proper street lighting, also have older or lower income residents, high-rental property occupancy or large number of tax lien abatements/ abandoned inhabitable properties. The residents in these marginalized neighborhoods have fewer resources to pay for privatized sidewalk projects or additional lighting structures.
*The city should develop a plan and a deadline to put sidewalks in all neighborhoods, and identify funding to cover the cost for property owners without the resources to do it on their own.
Target Area: Marginalized Neighborhoods
1. Sidewalks: Many of our neighborhoods were developed on unincorporated land and annexed into the city after the fact. Consequently, they often lack sidewalks and have unimproved roads with ditches instead of curbs and gutters. Most notable examples: Historically have high poverty and food deprivation, under developed and few industries related to business services.
*Priority should be given to sidewalks along transit corridors or on streets that connect neighborhoods to transit stops.
2. Crosswalks: Current crosswalk design suffers from poor visibility. Two narrow lines are too little for motorists to notice. Traffic signal layout and timing is often confusing and hostile towards pedestrians.
*The city should consider creative ways to increase crosswalk visibility, such as raised crosswalks, speed tables, etc. It should also improve the design and timing of traffic lights.
Finally, the Police Department should be given the direction and resources to enforce crosswalk laws.
3. Traffic Signals: The city suffers from inconsistent traffic signal design. Usability issues confuse both motorists and pedestrians about proper behavior.
*All traffic signals should include a walk cycle automatically. When a pedestrian pushes the walk button the signal should change to walk as soon as possible and allow extra time for crossing.
*Additionally, some of the crosswalk intersections have signaling designs that are outdated, out-of-service or non-functioning. The city must insect the older intersection pedestrian crosswalk intersection to ensure functional design efficiency