Argyle is Chicago's first "shared street" and that means that there's a learning curve, both in figuring it all out and explaining to drivers and pedestrians how it works.
Readers have been posting that they are confused about whether it's one-way or two-way now, since cars all seem to be parked facing east on both sides of the street. They also point out narrow "chokepoints" that would make it difficult for cars going in opposite directions to pass one another.
We reached out to Ald. Osterman's office for answers, and here is the response:
|Here's the handout referenced below by Ald. Osterman's office.|
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- The narrow feel of the street can be attributed to cars not parking in the correct spot. They should be parking against the darker grey stripe of pavers rather than the lighter grey stripe. I've attached an informational flyer you can include with your statement. [see above] We are working with CDOT to develop something simpler, but this should do the trick in the meantime.
- We're working to coordinate some volunteers to help us direct parking to start to correct the problem.
- We are also working with CDOT to determine what kind of additional permanent or temporary signage is required to help drivers easily understand how to use the Shared Street."