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Dangerous Edgewater Intersection Makes Fleet Feet’s Worst 12 List

Ardmore_sheridan-2Running in Chicago can be a dangerous endeavor. With increased traffic and adverse weather conditions, accidents seem to be an all-too-common sight. Fleet Feet Sports, an area running store, polled Chicagoland runners on Reddit and Twitter to see which 12 intersections they found most dangerous.

Though some intersections were expected such as the top spots — Roosevelt and Union in University Village, or Kedzie and Logan in Wicker Park — Edgewater made a surprise appearance. That area’s intersection at Ardmore and Sheridan made the list at no. 9.

But is it really a surprise? That is where the lakefront path starts, and it is a popular choice for people visiting the parks and beaches. There also is a bike lane in each direction on Ardmore crossing Sheridan.

Traffic is usually brutal at this intersection. Because the entrance to Lake Shore Drive is only one block south, cars are regularly blocking the crosswalk at rush hour times, making crossing dangerous. Other times, when there is little traffic, cars speed through the intersection to beat the light.

According to estimates from the Chicago Department of Transportation, about 3,000 pedestrians are hit by vehicles each year in Chicago. This results in about 30 deaths a year, on average.

Fleet Feet’s complete list of Most Dangerous Chicago Intersections are:

1. Roosevelt and Union, University Village
2. Diversey and Lake Shore, Lincoln Park
3. Kedzie and Logan, Logan Square
4. Alleyways, all of them
5. Elston and Irving Park, Irving Park
6. Halsted and Fullerton, Lincoln Park
7. Fullerton, Elston and Damen, Bucktown
8. Ashland and Cortland, Wicker Park
9. Ardmore and Sheridan, Edgewater
10. LaSalle and Clark, Lincoln Park
11. Sangamon and Jackson, Greektown
12. Damen, North and Milwaukee, Wicker Park

Bonus: Waveland and Kenmore, during baseball season


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