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More Protected Bike Lanes Coming By End of Year

Sep 26, 2012 10:42AM

A planned 645-mile Chicago bikeway network has become closer to completion with 34 miles of new protected bike lanes to be finished before the end of the year. New facilities include a two-way north-south protected bike route through the Loop, on Dearborn Street from Polk Street to Kinzie Street. The Dearborn bikeway will separate bicyclists from high-speed traffic and include bicycle signals to separate bicycle and motor vehicle conflicts.

A new buffered bike lane on South Chicago Avenue will increase safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. The improvement will work to reduce crashes along South Chicago Avenue, which is consistently ranked as one of the city’s highest crash corridors.

Chicago’s Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 sets forth a strategy to achieve the mayor’s goal of making Chicago the best big city for bicycling in America.

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