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.