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Thanks to collaboration efforts with the North Shore Health Department, the Village of Shorewood received and just recently implemented pedestrian safety enhancements through a $30,000 grant through Safe Kids Worldwide. Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries. The grant was awarded to Shorewood to improve pedestrian safety, specifically for students and youth.
A two-day workshop with the School District, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee, the Police Department, the Public Works Department, and the North Shore Health Department assessed pedestrian safety throughout the Shorewood community. The workshop led to the following proposal, which was approved by the Shorewood Village Board:
1. Two solar blinker beacon signs that flash a yellow light eastbound and westbound on E. Capitol Dr. to inform drivers to drive 20 MPH when the light is flashing. (Illustrated in Figure 1)
2. Two speed feedback signs for Morris Blvd. as motorists approach Shorewood Intermediate School. (Illustrated in Figure 2)
3. A solar rectangular rapid flash beacon installed at the intersection of N. Newhall St. and E. Capitol Dr. (Illustrated in Figure 3)
4. Install pedestrian crosswalk signs and diagonal downward pointing arrow signs at N. Bartlett Ave. and E. Capitol Dr. to remind motorists of the crosswalk. (Illustrated in Figure 4)
The Village of Shorewood is submitting a public statement to inform residents of these changes as well as encourage students to utilize these new safety measures when walking to and from school. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee published a video – made by Shorewood Intermediate School student Bella Peaslee – that is accessible by clicking here, highlighting the purpose of the grant and some of the enhancements installed. If you have any questions about the implementation of this grant, please feel free to contact Assistant Village Manager Tyler Burkart at 414-847-2705.