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Protected Bike Lanes In Chicago

“Protected bike lanes” is an idea that is gaining recognition and implementation both in the Chicago area as well as other areas nationally.

The dnainfo.com article of June 23, 2015, titled “Businesses, Bikers Split on Protected Bike Lane Near Bobby Cann Memorial” discusses efforts and plans to construct protected bike lanes in Chicago.  The June 22, 2015 Forbes article titled “Detroit Gets Bike Lanes As Its Cycling Craze Continues” discusses similar topics as it relates to Detroit.

 An excerpt from the dnainfo.com article:

It’s been more than two years since Bobby Cann was struck and killed by an allegedly drunk driver while riding his bike down Clybourn Avenue.

On Monday, Illinois Department of Transportation workers started work on installing curb-protected bike lanes along the route that 26-year-old Cann was riding.

The new curb-protected lanes are a step up from the lanes along Kinzie Downtown as they will separate vehicles and bicycles with three-foot-wide concrete medians that will run the length of Clybourn and onto a stretch of Division Street.

The article also has a diagram that shows one lane of traffic in each direction, with one lane of parking and one protected bicycle lane in each direction.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the dnainfo.com article mentioned above, as well as the June 21 Chicago Tribune article titled “Clybourn Avenue protected bike lanes coming as construction begins Monday.”

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