Chicago peddles forward with protected bike lanes

May 31, 2012

Jewell Washington

More protected bike lanes are coming to Chicago.

Transportation officials from across the country gathered in downtown Chicago Thursday to discuss where they might be located. The plans were introduced alongside The Green Lane Project, a national bike lane initiative. Chicago transportation leaders will work with Austin, Memphis, Portland, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. to support development of protected bike lanes over the next two years.

Gabe Klein, Chicago’s Department of Transportation Commissioner, said bike lanes are cost-effective and safe.

“Forty percent of trips in the U.S. are less than two miles,” he said. “If we make the streets safe than people will undoubtedly turn to bicycles to make some of those trips.”

Klein said some downtown bike lanes at Jackson, Division, and Lake streets are under construction.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said he wants to build 100 miles of protected bike lanes in Chicago.