Second Shore

The Challenge – Chicago’s Car-Free Bicycle Highway

Mayor Emanuel has a vision:

“I want Chicago to be the most bike-friendly city in the United States.”

And CDOT has a plan:

  • Place bicycle rack/hub within half-mile of every Chicagoan;
  • Construct more bikeways where more people live and commute;
  • Build infrastructure to match need and stimulate growth.

But there are real problems:

  • 93% of citizens will not ride a bicycle on roads with cars – CDOT 2020 report
  • 2014: cyclist fatalities up 130%; 1,500 auto-related cyclist injuries – CDOT
  • Most protected bike lanes are not high-volume or high-relevance routes.
  • 55% of crashes occur at intersections. “Lanes for cyclists and signage for special routes offer the illusion of safety.” New York Times