June 15, 2022
Dear 40th Ward Neighbor,
Over the past few weeks, families in the 40th Ward and its surrounding communities have been devastated due to serious and fatal accidents involving vehicles striking both pedestrians and cyclists.
These injuries and deaths are heartbreaking and agonizing, and they were preventable. Our City needs comprehensive legislation to implement initiatives that protect Chicago’s cyclists and pedestrians. It requires leadership from the top to prioritize these issues because attempting to address it on a ward-by-ward basis yields varying results and it fails to create safer streets on a city-wide level.
I want to thank all of the cyclists who organize around these issues for holding me accountable and pushing me to reimagine what’s possible when it comes to safer streets in our City. As a result of their efforts and the dedicated work of 40th Ward staff, I would like to announce some improvement that are coming to our community:
We are also reviewing the municipal code to see what can be done in regards to towing vehicles parked bike lanes. Furthermore, I have reached out to a number of my colleagues to work on developing additional solutions to address these issues.
In the 40th Ward, I am asking for your help on this critical matter. You can help get us closer to the goal of safer streets by:
Together, I am confident that we will create change that saves lives in our ward, in our neighboring wards, and in our City.
Yours in Service and Solidarity,
Alder Andre Vasquez, 40th Ward