Increasing Pedestrian Safety… and Remembering Maya

Published September 27, 2011

Five years ago, 4 year old Maya Hirsch tragically lost her life when a driver ignored a stop sign at the intersection of Belden and Lincoln Park West.

In the wake of this tragedy, the Hirsch family decided to help others.  Last Sunday, I served as an Honorary Co-Chair of the 5th annual Walk for Maya, a one mile walk through Lincoln Park to raise awareness about pedestrian safety and the Children’s Memorial Hospital Heartlight Bereavement Program, which helps families who have lost children in traumatic incidents.   I hope you will support the work of Stop for Maya. You can learn more here.

I’ve just added new crosswalks in front of LaSalle Language Academy and Francis Parker School to make it safer for our children to get to school.  And I am working to improve traffic and pedestrian flow around the Green City Market. I will continue to do all I can to make the 43rd Ward as safe as possible for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.  If you’d like to join our pedestrian safety committee, contact me.

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