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First Sunday Parkways Hits the West Side

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Bikers and pedestrians will take to the streets on Chicago’s west side Sunday. Some roads there will be closed to cars. Adolfo Hernandez is with the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation. He helped organize the car-free program known as Sunday Parkways. He says the route was picked to bring attention to the city’s West Side neighborhoods.

HERNANDEZ: It’s this beautiful boulevard park system that sometimes is under-utilized. There are perceptions about some of these neighborhoods that they’re not the safest. But residents in those neighborhoods have different perceptions. They think a lot higher of their neighborhoods.

Sunday Parkways is modeled after Ciclovía in Bogota, Colombia where roads are closed off to car traffic every Sunday. Hernandez says the 4-mile route from Logan Square to Garfield Park is open to the public. The next Parkway is scheduled for the end of October.

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