Chicago on track to install 100 miles of protected bike lanes

April 5, 2014 (CHICAGO)

Improving our bicycling facilities is critical to creating the quality of life in Chicago that attracts businesses and families to the city," Mayor Emanuel said in a statement. "We are making Chicago the most bike-friendly city in the United States,'' Emanuel said.

The Chicago Department of Transportation, which is building the protected bike lanes, said 20 more miles will be added by either spring or summer.

Meanwhile, another 30 miles of protected lanes are scheduled to be complete by early 2015, the statement said.

The city currently has 49 miles of protected bike lanes and 207 miles of bikeways.

There are 35,000 monthly cyclists in the city and about 300 Divvy bike-share stations, the mayor's office said.

New protected bike lanes or bikeways will be built in the following locations:
- Four miles on Canal, Halsted and State streets, as well as Milwaukee and Vincennes avenues.
- Fifteen miles of new buffer-protected lanes on Archer Avenue, Wells Street and U.S. Route 41.
- One mile in the Greenway neighborhood.
- California Avenue, from Augusta Boulevard to North Avenue.
- Halsted Street, from 31st to 26th streets.
- Broadway, from Montrose to Foster avenues.
- Harrison Street, from Des Plaines Street to Wabash Avenue.
- Lake Street, from Austin Boulevard to Central Park Avenue.
- Stony Island Avenue, from 63rd to 56th streets.
- Clybourn Avenue, from Division Street to North Avenue.
- Kedzie Avenue, from Milwaukee Avenue to Addison Street.
- Leland Avenue, from Clark Street to the Lakefront Trail.
- Randolph Street, from Michigan Avenue to the Lakefront Trail.

Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this story.

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