It was only 21 months ago that we met with Mayoral Candidate Rahm Emanuel and asked him to support 100 miles of protected bike lanes in Chicago by 2015. He said “Oh Yeah!” then and he has not let up since being elected mayor.
Chicago is on track to have 30 miles of protected and buffered bike lanes completed by the end of the year -- the most of any U.S. city. And striping begins this weekend on what should be Chicago’s showcase protected lane on Dearborn, a two way facility with bike traffic lights that are already installed. You can be riding it by mid-December if construction isn’t delayed by weather.
I can’t say enough about the leadership and support that Aldermen Riley and Foretti have demonstrated to make the Dearborn project and others in their wards reality. And a shout out to CDOT Commissioner Klein and his team who have worked tirelessly to get your tires into better bike lanes.
When news reached the Active Trans office that construction would kick off on the Dearborn protected bike lane this weekend, Active Trans staffers celebrated with thumbs up and high fives. Keep rolling forward Chicago! Click here to send a thank you message to the mayor and aldermen.