With all the talk about pedestrian safety in Evanston — including a city-sponsored workshop coming up next Tuesday — you really need to check out this idea from some of our neighbors to the south in Chicago and the folks at WBEZ.

Traffic mimes! That right, mimes to help pedestrians cross the street and increase driver-awareness of the law that says they’re supposed to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

More on the traffic mime project and where the idea came from in this story from WBEZ.

Would traffic mimes work in Evanston?

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

Join the Conversation


  1. Mimes

    If this is working maybe we can hire the mimes, with stop the killing signs in the problem neighborhoods.

  2. Better idea

    If you need to pay someone, hire out of work teens. They'll work cheap and be the next generation of patrol boys/girls.

Leave a comment
The goal of our comment policy is to make the comments section a vibrant yet civil space. Treat each other with respect — even the people you disagree with. Whenever possible, provide links to credible documentary evidence to back up your factual claims.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *