CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced Chicago is building 33 miles of new bicycle lanes this year.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Marsett reports, the protected bike lanes are part of a planned nearly 650-mile network of biking facilities to be in place by 2020. The paths include a protected path on Dearborn Street that will feature traffic signals especially for cyclists.READ MORE: Anxiety, Then Relief At South Side Shoeshine Shop As Guilty Verdict Is Read Against Derek Chauvin In Death Of George Floyd
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The mayor says by the end of this year, “Chicago will lead the country in protected bike lanes, dedicated bike lanes, and will be the bike-friendliest city in the country.”
Emanuel says for a city to function and prosper, modern and efficient bike lanes is essential.READ MORE: 2 CPD Officers Hurt In Collision Involving Police Vehicle, Jeep
The mayor says having bike lines is also essential to keeping businesses in Chicago.
The city says the bike lane project will provide a bicycle accommodation within half-mile of every Chicagoan, and will be instrumental in creating the quality of life Chicagoans are seeking.
Last year, the city installed and re-striped 39 miles’ worth of bike lanes. Last year also marked the opening of the first protected bike lane, along Kinzie Street between Milwaukee Avenue and Wells Street.MORE NEWS: 'Don't Test Us': Chicago's Mayor Lightfoot On Plans After Chauvin Verdict
Protected bike lanes are also planned for Elston Avenue and in the West Side boulevard system.