Driving Down Crashes in the Sherman and Dineen Park Neighborhoods
Do you think people driving in Milwaukee have become more reckless? Neighbors and organizations in westside Milwaukee neighborhoods think so and are coming together for safer streets. “Driving Down Crashes in Sherman Park and Dineen Park” is working to educate drivers along main thoroughfares about the dangers of excessive speeding, driving/passing in the parking or bike lanes, running red lights, and driving recklessly on Milwaukee streets. They have also discovered that traffic citations have been on a overall decline, falling from an annual high of 11,686 in 2008 down to 2,126 in 2016. They are pursuing a multi-pronged approach that will help reduce reckless driving throughout the city and invite you and your neighborhood to get involved, including asking for more enforcement of traffic laws.
With more people killed while crossing the street in half of 2017 than in all of 2016, we need our streets to be safer.
Other groups are taking notice including MilWALKee Walks, Latinos Por La Salud Path to Platinum, and Share & Be Aware.
Anyone can join the Kick-off Rally: this Thursday, July 27 th 4:00-5:30 PM (Chief’s office and City Hall). Some signs will be available or make your own!
Everyone is also invited to ongoing rally’s in the neighborhoods along Capitol. Meet at Albright Parking Lot—55 th and Capitol
Dr. Signs available.
1. Friday, the 28 th —3:00-5:00PM
Elements of the Campaign
1.) Informational picketing—continuing efforts to educate drivers about speeding and passing on the right and running red lights, a program started last summer with signs and picketers. The goal is to have at least 40-50 residents out on the streets picketing and asking drivers to slow down and obey traffic laws multiple times this summer.
2.) Focus efforts on dangerous intersections by providing crash data and info on the cost of city property destroyed in crashes. The goal is to inform drivers about the dangers lurking in certain intersections. Residents will make and move a sign board with the number of crashes and deaths at each intersection.
3.) Working with Milwaukee Police, State Legislators, the Mayor’s office, and the Common Council’s Public Safety Committee to explore special speed enforcement zones which larger fines (two times the present fines) along with community service assigned to drivers who exceed the speed limits—at least 10 miles over the poster speed.
Do you want to lead a similar event in your neighborhood? If you do, let us know and the Bike Fed can try to support your efforts or connect you with the local organizers.
Too busy to lead an effort? Simply call your alder and say you want a safe street network and more enforcement to help make walking and biking even safer.