Friday, April 15, 2011

Chicago's Mayor-Elect Sees Protected Bicycle Lanes In City's Future

Protected bicycle lanes are in Chicago's future.  Or, so it would seem based upon the present discussion going on over at Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel's blog.  His Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is considering ideas "to make Chicago’s transportation network safer, easier, and more convenient and fun."  Among those ideas apparently receiving serious consideration is protected lanes.  The Committee states, "A major reason people say they avoid biking is dangerous traffic. By building protected bike lanes – which are physically separated from motor vehicle travel lanes, parking lanes, and sidewalks – Chicago can make urban cycling safer."

The idea is to pilot a two mile long protected bike way along a major corridor.  They are seeking the public's suggestions regarding where it should be.  Click here to provide your input.  (Raise your hand if you think it should be Milwaukee Avenue.)

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