WBEZ | dearborn http://www.wbez.org/tags/dearborn Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Dearborn Street gets two-way bike lane http://www.wbez.org/sections/lifestyle/dearborn-street-gets-two-way-bike-lane-104231 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/IMG_2918.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F70132833?" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Chicago Department of Transportation has begun work on a new bike lane on downtown Chicago&#39;s Dearborn Street &ndash; but this is no ordinary bike lane.</p><p>For the first time in Chicago, bicyclists will have their own stoplight, and there are sensors in the road that know when cars are at the intersection.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s also got two lanes going in either direction, buffered by a lane for parking.</p><p>That does mean one less lane for car traffic.</p><p>Gabe Klein heads the Chicago Department of Transportation. He says this 12-block stretch of Dearborn street is more &ldquo;rational.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;The cars are flushing through the intersections just like they used to with two lanes versus three [lanes],&quot; Klein said.</p><p>&quot;But we do notice, again anecdotally, that speeds are down.&quot;</p><p>When it comes to bike-friendly cities Ethan Spotts of Active Transportation Alliance said Chicago is leading the way.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve seen that folks in Portland and Seattle and New York and Seattle are getting a little jealous, which is great,&rdquo; Spotts said.</p><p>The two-way bike lane runs from Polk Street north to Kinsie Street, which is about a mile and a half long. It&#39;s all part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel&#39;s plan to add 100 miles of bike lanes to Chicago&#39;s streets by the end of his term in 2015.</p><p>The lane on Dearborn Street is expected to be ready for cyclists by the end of next week, as long as everything rolls along smoothly.</p></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 10:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/sections/lifestyle/dearborn-street-gets-two-way-bike-lane-104231