Pilsen ‘walkability’ to be discussed at town hall

For people with disabilities, including those using a wheelchair, walking and moving around the neighborhood — the most common form of physical activity — is also a good way to be engaged in the community. But for many pedestrians in Chicago, especially those with disabilities, roving about can be hazardous.

Results from a walkability/mobility safety study of the Pilsen neighborhood by faculty and students from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s occupational therapy department will be discussed at a Town Hall meeting.


May 18
4 to 6 p.m.


El Valor
1850 W. 21st St.


As part of a project funded by The Chicago Community Trust, the UIC team examined 25 intersections and 52 blocks in Pilsen to learn about walkability/mobility safety issues for residents. In addition to presenting results of the study, a new walkability/mobility community safety campaign will be launched in partnership with the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children.

UIC researchers will collect data in another Chicago neighborhood in June to be used in a similar study. Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar, professor and head of occupational therapy, is the study’s principal investigator.

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