Evanston aldermen Monday voted to reduce the speed limit on Sheridan Road from 30 to 25 miles per hour throughout the city.

The vote came as the City Council was discussing plans to rebuild Sheridan along the Northwestern University campus next year to add bike lanes, bus pullouts and other features designed to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists along the heavily traveled roadway.

The change was requested by Aldermen Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, and Eleanor Revelle, 7th Ward, whose districts include the campus area.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said the city’s legal department would have an ordinance to make the change official ready for introduction at next Monday’s council meeting.

Sheridan at Calvary Cemetery in a Google Maps image.

Sheridan Road ranges from a four-lane roadway with a boulevard-like median at Calvary Cemetery two a narrow two-lane street at other locations.

Evanston police already have easy pickings catching drivers exceeding the 30 mile limit near the cemetery, given the common inclination to speed up on an open stretch of road. Lowering the limit there could be a revenue bonanza.

Burnham Place in a Google Maps image.

The city code also identifies a two block stretch of Burnham Place that links Sheridan Road with Forest Avenue as having a 30 mile per hour limit. The aldermanic vote didn’t mention changing that limit, but it could be included in the ordinance to be drafted by city staff.

By contrast, Forest Avenue and Forest Place, which carry Sheridan Road traffic from Burnham Place to Church Street, already have the general city-wide 25 mile per hour speed limit for streets which aren’t specified to have a different limit.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Dodge 30

    And why does Dodge have a posted speed limit of 30MPH considering that nearly 90 percent of the surrounding area is either residential, schools, or parks?

  2. Speed limits?

    Why doesn't Evanston ban all motorized vehicles within the city limits? Then they wouldn't have to worry about speed limits and other trivial stuff.

    I can (sort of) see lowering it from Chicago Ave. to say Lincoln for NU. But the whole length? Nobody pays attention to the speed limits now; the traffic division of the PD will be busy.

    What ordinance will be passed next against motor vehicles and drivers?

  3. Absolutely ridiculous

    I'm sorry the Aldermen don't like having a major north-south highway run through their city, but it does. Sheridan is the only road left where traffic actually moves. It's how Evanstonians get to their jobs. It's how people in other communities reach Evanston to patronize our shops, restaurants, and other local businesses. Choke that last artery and you're cutting Evanston off completely.

    1. Seems like another subtle way

      Seems like another subtle way of taxing and discouraging middle and lower income people from driving into the upper class neighborhoods that line Sheridan Road !!

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