Chicago to add concrete barriers to all protected bike lanes by end of 2023

Chicago to add concrete barriers to all protected bike lanes by end of 2023

CHICAGO (TOC) — The Chicago Division of Transportation introduced Wednesday will probably be putting in new concrete curbs for all protected bike lanes by the top of 2023

CDOT will start putting in new pre-cast concrete curbs alongside Kinzie Road between and Milwaukee and Wells. By the top of the yr, the town expects so as to add 25 miles of concrete-protected bike lanes.

“That concrete that they are gonna use and the design will preserve vehicles out of parking from the bike lane, and preserve everybody safer,” mentioned Amy Rynell, govt director of Lively Transportation Alliance.

By the top of 2023, the town plans to improve all current delineator-protected lanes to concrete curbs. It’s the largest growth and improve of “low stress” bike routes in metropolis historical past.

“It is a dream come true, as a result of plenty of the bicyclists right here wish to really feel secure,” mentioned Alderman James Cappleman. “Extra persons are using bicycles than ever earlier than, and in order that calls for that we’ve got safer measures for our bicyclists.”

“Public security isn’t solely about our emergency response departments, it is also about creating infrastructure that makes the general public means safer for all,” mentioned Mayor Lori Lightfoot in a press release.

Fifteen miles of current protected bike lanes shall be up to date and 10 miles of latest protected bike lanes shall be added in 2022.

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“Barrier protected lanes are one of the best ways to make biking a safer and extra comfy transportation choice for everybody, and this yr we’re including greater than ever,” mentioned CDOT Commissioner Gia Biagi. “Because of devoted funding from Mayor Lightfoot’s Chicago Works program, we’re making unprecedented security upgrades to our bikeways community and can proceed working with group stakeholders on constructing neighborhood bike networks to make sure that Chicago is a metropolis the place everybody has the choice to experience a motorcycle.”

CDOT will use a mixture of conventional concrete curbs and pre-cast curbs.

Along with Kinzie Road, roads that can get concrete barrier bike lanes in 2022 shall be:-Lake Road – Pulaski to Damen-Logan Boulevard – Rockwell to DiverseyMilwaukee Avenue – Addison to Irving Park, Chicago to Division, and Kinzie to Ohio.-Independence Boulevard – Douglas to Harrison-Douglas Boulevard – Independence to Sacramento-119th Road – Ashland to Halsted and Main Taylor Path

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