City of Chicago Surpasses Mayor Emanuel’s Goal of Installing 100 Miles of Protected Bike Lanes, Commits to More

Reprinted from the Nov 2015 issue of the City of Chicago Sustainability Newsletter:

On October 9th, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the City of Chicago has surpassed its goal of installing 100 miles of protected bike lanes, completing 103 miles to date, and is committed to building a network of over 50 miles of more lanes over the next four years.

“Investing in bike lanes is essential to growing Chicago’s economy and improving our quality of life,” said Mayor Emanuel. “We have made tremendous progress toward expanding our bicycle network for all Chicagoans, and we will continue to work towards making Chicago the most bike-friendly city in America.”

Chicago bike lanes Blog imageSince 2011, Chicago has installed 103 miles of protected bicycle lanes — more than any other city in America — and now has 292 miles of designated bikeways within the city that extend throughout all 50 wards.

This achievement, along with other major investments in bicycling – such as the expansion of Divvy Bike Share, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield, to 475 stations, the opening of the 606/Bloomingdale Trail, and the start of construction on the Navy Pier Flyover – now has Chicago recognized as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the United States. Bicycling Magazine named Chicago the #2 Bike-Friendly City in their latest rankings (fall 2014) and the number of Chicagoans riding their bikes to work is at an all-time high and growing faster than any other mode of transportation in the city.

CDOT will continue to strengthen and improve connectivity of Chicago’s existing bike network so that bicycling continues to grow and serve as a safe and enjoyable way to travel around our city. Over the next four years, CDOT will focus on building a network of over 50 miles of “better bike lanes” – or low-stress bikeways that any Chicagoan – regardless of age or ability – can ride on and feel safe doing so.

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