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February 1, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Chicago is pedal pushing. City crews installed 27 miles of protected bike lanes in 2012, making some progress on Mayor Emanuel's goal to turn Chicago into the most bike-friendly city. The total of 27 miles brings the tally to 30 miles of protected bike lanes since Emanuel took office in May 2011, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation's report 2012 Bikeways - Year in Review released Friday. Emanuel plans to get 100 miles of protected bike lanes installed during his first term.
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August 27, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Lebster Pabon traded his skateboard for a bicycle his senior year of high school so he could ride to work. He ended up getting really into bikes and BMX riding. But as bike-friendly as Chicago is with bike lanes, signals, and bike-sharing, there is no dedicated city public bike park that solely accommodates BMX riders. That's why Pabon, 26, a youth cycling instructor at West Town Bikes, has asked the Chicago Park District to include a bike park at the proposed expanded area of Walsh Park at the eastern end of the Bloomingdale Trail.
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July 26, 2011 | By Lynda Lopez and RedEye
Chicago unveiled its first completed protected bicycle lane Monday as part of Mayor Emanuel's plan to make the city more bike-friendly. The new lane, which separates cyclist traffic from vehicle traffic with soft posts, spans a half-mile stretch of Kinzie Street between Milwaukee Avenue and Wells Street and cost an estimated $140,000 to install. Emanuel's administration has said the city plans to add 25 miles of bike lanes per year, for a total of 100 over his four-year term.
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February 1, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Chicago is pedal pushing. City crews installed 27 miles of protected bike lanes in 2012, making some progress on Mayor Emanuel's goal to turn Chicago into the most bike-friendly city. The total of 27 miles brings the tally to 30 miles of protected bike lanes since Emanuel took office in May 2011, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation's report 2012 Bikeways - Year in Review released Friday. Emanuel plans to get 100 miles of protected bike lanes installed during his first term.
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November 28, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Move over, New York and Portland, Ore. Chicago wants to pass you by on bike. The wheels of change are in motion for city cyclists thanks to new initiatives from Mayor Emanuel. In the works are 100 miles of protected bike lanes, increased bike parking and a widespread bike-share program that could put Chicago on the map as one of the nation's most bike-friendly cities. Enter Gabe Klein, the city's Department of Transportation commissioner, who took office this year. "The mayor is definitely trying to catch up to other cities with the goal of leapfrogging D.C., Portland and New York," Klein said.
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August 27, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Lebster Pabon traded his skateboard for a bicycle his senior year of high school so he could ride to work. He ended up getting really into bikes and BMX riding. But as bike-friendly as Chicago is with bike lanes, signals, and bike-sharing, there is no dedicated city public bike park that solely accommodates BMX riders. That's why Pabon, 26, a youth cycling instructor at West Town Bikes, has asked the Chicago Park District to include a bike park at the proposed expanded area of Walsh Park at the eastern end of the Bloomingdale Trail.
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January 12, 2012 | By Ryan Smith, For RedEye
"What are you doing riding in the snow?" he yelled. "Are you an idiot? It's time to put the bike away. " I'd smacked abruptly into a just-opened car door, tumbling face-first off my bike and onto a frost-covered side street near my Logan Square apartment a couple of Januarys ago - but the elderly man who rudely introduced me to his Cadillac had the nerve to blame me for the accident. Most people probably wouldn't door me to make the point, but the consensus I get from friends is that I probably should give up winter biking in Chicago.
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May 8, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Cyclists, get ready for life in the fast lane in Roscoe Village. The Chicago Department of Transportation is working on installing a buffered bike lane on Roscoe Street between Western and Damen Avenues. Buffered bike lanes offer more room between cyclists and parked cars than a typical bike lane. They use a striped buffer on one or both sides of a bike lane. Protected bike lanes, such as the one on Kinzie Street between Milwaukee Avenue and Wells Street, use posts to separate bikes from cars.
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November 30, 2012 | Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Work will begin Friday night on Chicago's first two-way bike route with traffic signals. The Loop's north-south protected route will run on Dearborn Street from Polk to Kinzie streets. “The Dearborn Street barrier-protected bike lanes will provide bicyclists with a safe and comfortable route, making a key connection for people who commute via bicycle through the heart of the Loop,” Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein said in a news release. Crews will begin striping the roadway this weekend so the bike lanes can...
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June 5, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
It's not the typical Groupon. In honor of employee and Chicago resident Bobby Cann -- who was killed by a driver May 29 as he biked home from work -- the daily deals site is offering users a chance to donate to the Active Transportation Alliance in hopes of bringing more protected bike lanes to Chicago. With seven days left on the deal Wednesday, more than 700 $10 Groupons that go directly to the Alliance's Protected Bikeways Campaign had been purchased. “Bobby was cycling home on the clear, sunny evening of Wednesday, May...
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November 30, 2012 | Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Work will begin Friday night on Chicago's first two-way bike route with traffic signals. The Loop's north-south protected route will run on Dearborn Street from Polk to Kinzie streets. “The Dearborn Street barrier-protected bike lanes will provide bicyclists with a safe and comfortable route, making a key connection for people who commute via bicycle through the heart of the Loop,” Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein said in a news release. Crews will begin striping the roadway this weekend so the bike lanes can officially open by...
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May 8, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Cyclists, get ready for life in the fast lane in Roscoe Village. The Chicago Department of Transportation is working on installing a buffered bike lane on Roscoe Street between Western and Damen Avenues. Buffered bike lanes offer more room between cyclists and parked cars than a typical bike lane. They use a striped buffer on one or both sides of a bike lane. Protected bike lanes, such as the one on Kinzie Street between Milwaukee Avenue and Wells Street, use posts to separate bikes from cars.
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January 12, 2012 | By Ryan Smith, For RedEye
"What are you doing riding in the snow?" he yelled. "Are you an idiot? It's time to put the bike away. " I'd smacked abruptly into a just-opened car door, tumbling face-first off my bike and onto a frost-covered side street near my Logan Square apartment a couple of Januarys ago - but the elderly man who rudely introduced me to his Cadillac had the nerve to blame me for the accident. Most people probably wouldn't door me to make the point, but the consensus I get from friends is that I probably should give up winter biking in Chicago.
NEWS
November 28, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Move over, New York and Portland, Ore. Chicago wants to pass you by on bike. The wheels of change are in motion for city cyclists thanks to new initiatives from Mayor Emanuel. In the works are 100 miles of protected bike lanes, increased bike parking and a widespread bike-share program that could put Chicago on the map as one of the nation's most bike-friendly cities. Enter Gabe Klein, the city's Department of Transportation commissioner, who took office this year. "The mayor is definitely trying to catch up to other cities with the goal of leapfrogging D.C., Portland and New...
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July 26, 2011 | By Lynda Lopez and RedEye
Chicago unveiled its first completed protected bicycle lane Monday as part of Mayor Emanuel's plan to make the city more bike-friendly. The new lane, which separates cyclist traffic from vehicle traffic with soft posts, spans a half-mile stretch of Kinzie Street between Milwaukee Avenue and Wells Street and cost an estimated $140,000 to install. Emanuel's administration has said the city plans to add 25 miles of bike lanes per year, for a total of 100 over his four-year term.
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May 21, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Chicago has a long way to go to become one of America's most bike-friendly cities, according to a new analysis of cycling data by the financial website NerdWallet. The site ranked Chicago 18 out of 20 cities, behind Portland, Ore., which topped the list, Washington, D.C. (#2), Denver (#10) and Raleigh, N.C. (#17). The analysis included data on each city's population of cyclists, funding for cycling infrastructure and pedestrian projects, and cycling fatalities. Among the metrics for Chicago: 1.6 percent of Chicago's population identifies as...
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November 19, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Biking on Chicago's streets can intimidate cyclists fearful of getting hit by a car. At the same time, cyclists can infuriate drivers when they ignore the rules of the road. It's the ever-present battle of bikes versus cars. "As cycling grows in Chicago, and all around the region but especially in Chicago, we know that certain conflicts on the roadways are going to become more common," Ron Burke, executive director of Active Transportation Alliance told the Chicago Tribune's editorial board on Tuesday.
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