Yesterday, several members of our advocacy team met with the City of Chicago Mayor's Office and the Chicago Department of Transportation. We presented at this meeting the linked document as our formal "Vision Zero asks" of the City of Chicago Mayor's Office.
The City did not agree to our number one "ask" of removing police enforcement from Vision Zero in communities of color here in Chicago. The City feels like the role of the police in Vision Zero in communities of color is important and it will be unreasonable to excise their participation from the conversation around Vision Zero and from VZ enforcement-related events. They also feel like any potential risks to people of color as a result of police enforcement as a part of Vision Zero may be mitigated by thoughtful planning and done so in full coordination with the Chicago Police Department.
We asserted again our formal position around the removal of police enforcement from the Vision Zero Chicago Action Plan and implementation strategy in communities of color here in Chicago. We also asserted our intention to continue our advocacy work to this end.
The City did verbally commit to assisting us with receiving citation data from CPD and crash data from IDOT for our research team to do their own analysis and present their initial findings by November.
Regarding several other asks, the City agreed to reconvene after the three Vision Zero Westside Public Meetings next week to continue to explore where we may find common ground.
This work does not stop until police enforcement in communities of color is removed from Vision Zero Chicago. Our new stretch goal for the Change.org petition is 1,000 people strong!
Please share the Change.org petition far and wide with your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and within your broader networks. Especially, share this petition with people of color who live on the Westside or Southside of Chicago.
Also, please encourage any folks you know from the Westside of Chicago to attend the City of Chicago's upcoming three Vision Zero Westside Public Meetings (flyer HERE) next week in the following neighborhoods:
- North Lawndale: Tue, Sept 26 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Lawndale Community Academy, 3444 West Douglas Boulevard.
- Garfield Park: Wed, Sept 27 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Legler Branch Library, 115 South Pulaski Road.
- Austin: Sat, Sept 30 from 1-3pm at the Austin Town Hall Park Auditorium, 5610 West Lake Street.
Thank you, may the journey continue...
Co-Founder, Slow Roll Chicago