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Posted on: June 8, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Village Board Asking for Resident Feedback on Proposed Active Street Locations

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The Village Board received requests from community members asking for the Village to consider adding active streets during this time of COVID-19. An active street is when a roadway is barricaded in such a manner to only allow local traffic in an effort to create more open space for people to walk, run, or bike.

After discussion, the Village Board is asking for feedback on the following locations to serve as active streets:

  • 4400 block of N. Marlborough Drive
  • 4400 block of N. Wildwood Avenue
  • 1100 block of E. Congress Street
  • 4100 block of N. Stowell Avenue
  • 2500 block of E. Wood Place
  • Other locations may observe “ROAD CLOSED AHEAD” signs when entering or exiting their block.

There were several reasons and factors that went into these locations being selected:

  • Both the east and west sides of Shorewood have close access to the active streets.
  • All the blocks have alleys, which should reduce the amount of local traffic using the street.
  • The width of some of these streets are wider compared to other streets in the Village.
  • The closures don’t block main arterial or collector streets such as Downer or Kensington.
  • The Village has enough barricades to accommodate both active street locations.

Feel free to attend the Village Board meeting on Monday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. to learn more. Check in next week to view the call-in information for the virtual meeting. Assistant Village Manager Tyler Burkart is collecting feedback from the public prior to the meeting so that an update can be provided to the Village Board in the Board packet. You can contact Mr. Burkart via email at or call 414.847.2705.

If approved, the active streets would remain in effect until either school was back in session, the North Shore Health Department lifts all social distancing measures, or November 1 to allow proper snow and ice control operations, whichever action happens first. The barricades would be placed for all 24 hours each day until the active street is no longer in effect. Sidewalks would be reserved for pedestrians.

It is very important to note the following related to active streets during COVID-19:

  • Block parties are not allowed based on the North Shore Health Dept. Phase B guidelines.
  • Residents can walk, bike, run, or wheel on these streets for exercise. Games that don’t allow for proper social distancing, socializing, or congregating are prohibited.
  • All these proposed active streets will be open to local traffic only. If you live on the street you will be able to drive and park on the street as needed. Parking will not be impacted. When driving on the street people are asked to drive with care and slow down to look for people walking, biking, or running. Efforts should be made to find alternate driving routes whenever possible.
  • Vehicles must still obey all rules of the road when accessing these areas.
  • Vehicles making deliveries and collecting refuse, recycling, or organics/yard waste will still be able to access the active street.
  • It is strongly advised to supervise children when using the active street locations since the roadways are still open to vehicles.

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