Mayor Emanuel’s recent announcement that the first protected bike lane will be coming to the Loop later this year is cause for celebration! Yet, we know we'll need many more announcements like this to truly make biking in Chicago a safe and easy option for everyone. And with the anti-bike crowd calling protected bike lanes "bunk" and a "giant waste of money," we need your support now.
Biking to work in Chicago continues to grow in popularity, bringing thousands of people on bikes into the Loop every day. Downtown offices are one of the most popular destinations for people biking, yet the Loop was one of the last neighborhoods in Chicago to get a bike lane. Protected bike lanes in the Loop will make our streets safer and make downtown more attractive to businesses, residents and visitors. New York City's protected lane on 9th Avenue led to a 56 percent reduction in injuries to all street users and an 84 percent reduction in sidewalk riding.
The planned two-way bikeway on Dearborn Street would connect the Kinzie Street protected bike lane to Polk Street, providing a safe route through the middle of the Loop and improving access to downtown for both the North Side and South Side.
Please sign our petition asking decision-makers to follow through on plans to build protected bike lanes in the Loop and achieve 100 miles of protected bike lanes across the city by 2015.
I urge you to follow through on plans to build protected bike lanes in the Loop and to achieve 100 miles of protected bike lanes across the city by 2015.
Chicagoans would love the option to bike downtown, but unfortunately most people think streets in the Loop are just too scary and dangerous to bike on. Protected bike lanes in the Loop will help more people bike downtown safely while also making the streets safer and less congested for everyone and more attractive to businesses, residents and visitors.
Don't let the critics deter you from adding protected bike lanes, which make streets in the Loop and throughout the city safer and better for everyone, whether they are on foot, on bikes or in cars.