Over the past 3 to 4 years, the city of Chicago has really made a strong effort to improve its biking infrastructure, and now, reports are surfacing that Mayor Emanuel’s ambitious goal of installing more than 100 miles of protected bike lanes by the end of 2015 has officially been reached.
The goal, which was set back in 2011, is a testament to the mayor’s passionate devotion to making Chicago America’s most bike-friendly city, and today, there are now nearly 300 miles of designated bike lanes in Chicago, with construction continuing on even more lanes well underway.
In fact, the plan is to install 50 more miles of better biking lanes over the next 4 years, which couldn’t come at a better time. According to a recent article from The Chicagoist, biking is Chicago’s fastest growing mode of transportation, making it more important than ever to improve road safety and help those riding bikes feel safe and secure while traveling to wherever they happen to be going.
According to the Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner, bike lanes have absolutely helped make streets safer for those wanting to ride their bike, with crashes down an estimated 32% on 55th Street, where a new barrier protected bike lane was installed back in 2012.
Well done. Mr. Mayor.