All Chicagoans should feel safe our city's streets—whether driving, walking or riding a bike. No matter if you're an 8-year-old child or 80-year-old grandmother, you should be able to ride a bike in the city without fearing for your safety.
Barrier protected bike lanes are designed with all kinds of people in mind. They make biking a safe and easy option for everyone.
Barrier protected bike lanes use physical barriers to separate people riding bikes and motorized traffic. They are often located next to the curb, rather than between moving traffic and parked cars. By providing people on bikes with their own protected space, the design helps people of all ages feel more comfortable biking on city streets. Statistics show barrier protected bike lanes encourage more people to bike while improving a street’s overall safety for everyone whether they walk, bike or drive. They help reduce conflicts by encouraging predictable and responsible behavior by all street users. As a result, the street become a safer place for everyone.
Active Trans’ Neighborhood Bikeways Campaign is working for the creation of a 100-mile network of protected bikeways that will reduce crashes and increase ridership while connecting Chicago neighborhoods.