City of Chicago to put in concrete curbs to guard all bike lanes by finish of subsequent yr
CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Department of Transportation is making an enormous step to guard these touring the town on two wheels.
A brand new sequence of concrete curbs is about to be put in – defending designated bike lanes.
The first can be put in this week on Kinzie Street between Milwaukee Avenue and Wells Street.
By the top of this yr, Chicago expects so as to add 25 miles of concrete-protected bike lanes. In addition to Kinzie Street, the next stretches of metropolis streets may also obtain concrete barrier curbs this yr:
• Lake Street between Pulaski Road and Damen Avenue;
• Logan Boulevard between Rockwell Street and Diversey Parkway;
• Milwaukee Avenue between Addison Street and Irving Park Road, Chicago Avenue and Division Street, and Kinzie and Ohio streets;
• Independence Boulevard between Douglas Boulevard and Harrison Street;
• Douglas Boulevard between Independence Boulevard and Sacramento Drive;
• 119th Street between Ashland Avenue and Halsted Street/Major Taylor Trail.
All current lanes – a lot of which are actually protected solely by painted traces or plastic poles – could have obstacles by the top of 2023.
“Right now, those protective poles don’t protect cyclists from vehicles, and as you can see in many of the bike lanes, many of them have been knocked down because cars can drive over them,” mentioned Amy Rynell, government director of the Active Transportation Alliance. “So this is a leap forward for safety.”
The metropolis calls it the largest growth and improve of low-stress bike routes in metropolis historical past. It is being paid for by funding’s within the metropolis’s Chicago Works capital plan.
“Public safety is not only about our emergency response departments, it’s also about creating infrastructure that makes the public way safer for all,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot mentioned in a news launch. “By leveraging funds from the Chicago Works Capital Plan, we are excited to kick off the largest bike lane upgrade the city has ever undertaken. I look forward to working with the Chicago Department of Transportation and Commissioner (Gia) Biagi on this project and the many more to come.”