Photo Courtesy of John Greenfield
“Building a bicycling network is important to creating a quality of life in Chicago that will attract businesses and families to the city,” announced Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the opening of the Dearborn Street protected bike lanes.
When elected in 2011, Mayor Emanuel committed to building 100 miles (160 km) of protected bike lanes in Chicago. Since then more than 30 miles (48 km) of protected lanes have been installed and the mayor has extended his promise for more bike routes. Developed through a community process, the Chicago Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 will build a 645-mile (1038 km) bike route network throughout the city based on three key principles: to provide a bicycle accommodation within a half-mile of every Chicagoan; to provide more bikeways where more people live; and to build more infrastructure where ridership is high, while establishing a strong backbone of infrastructure where ridership is currently lower.
The plan, to be completed by 2020, aims to make on-street cycling a safe and comfortable choice for everyone in Chicago.
Learn more: Chicago Streets for Cycling Plan 2020