The Village has been receiving a number of requests for alternative outdoor spaces during the current pandemic, which may include street closures or temporary bike boulevards. Residents submitting the requests are referencing the Wisconsin Bike Federation’s petition calling for low-volume streets (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on petition) to be closed to automobile traffic to provide additional space for people to walk and ride while maintaining social distancing. Some community members expressed a need for additional outdoor space. Meanwhile, the Village wants to make sure any proposal (if approved) would maintain the social distancing and other safety measures promoted by the North Shore Health Department.
After discussing the topic during their May 4 meeting, the Village Board is asking the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee to come up with a recommendation. The Committee will meet via teleconference on Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. Members interested in participating in the call can dial 312.626.6799 and use 965-1746-0210 as the meeting ID. Those that would like to join the call via computer can click this link to do so. Here is the agenda packet for the Committee meeting. Any recommendation made by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee will be considered by the Village Board during their Monday, May 18 Village Board meeting.