20 miles of new bike lanes to be installed this spring in Chicago: Emanuel

Written By BY MITCH ARMENTROUT Staff Reporter Posted: 04/06/2014, 12:56pm
Array A bicyclist tools along a designated bike lane on Kinzie Street. | Sun-Times files

The city will add 20 more miles of protected bicycling lanes across Chicago this spring and summer, with another 30 miles slated to be installed by early next year, officials announced during the weekend.The additions make up the second half of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to install 100 miles of bike lanes by early 2015, according to a news release issued by the mayor’s office on Sunday morning.

Beginning this spring and working through the summer, five more miles of barrier-protected bike lanes are set to be installed on North Broadway between Montrose and Foster avenues; on Harrison Street from Desplaines Street to Wabash Avenue; and on Lake Street from Austin Boulevard to Central Park Avenue, according to the release.

Work will also begin on 15 miles of buffer-protected lanes on California Avenue from Augusta Boulevard to North Avenue; Halsted Street from 31st to 26th streets; and Stony Island Avenue from 63rd to 56th streets.

Crews are still designing 30 miles of bikeway projects for installation later this year and into next year on Clybourn, Kedzie and Leland avenues, as well as Randolph Street.

Last year, the city installed 19 miles of protected bike lanes.

It’s all part of Emanuel’s plan to make Chicago, as he has referred to repeatedly, the “bike-friendliest city in the country.”

The city has more than 207 miles of bikeways, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

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