November 28, 2011 |
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.