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Should Chicago Share the Streets with Bikes and Pedestrians?

This weekend, New Yorkers are taking back the streets. Literally. The city will close off parts of Broadway near Times Square and Herald Square in Midtown Manhattan to car traffic. The idea is to open up space for pedestrians, bicyclists and alternative forms of transportation. That move is the latest by a number of cities across the world to encourage recreation on major streets. The trend started in the early 80s in Bogotá, Colombia, where city officials open up more than 70 miles of streets every Sunday.

So, does Chicago need to make room on some of its roads for foot and bike traffic? One group is going to give it a shot. The Active Transportation Alliance's Adolfo Hernandez discusses their efforts to make space for pedestrians and cyclists.

Music Button: Nicodemus, "Just Move!", from the CD Sun People, (ESL records)

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