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Chicago Unveils Bicycle Plan

I’ve always thought Chicago was on top of the game when it came to adding bicycle infrastructure, but the plan they unveiled yesterday takes their efforts to a whole new level. Looking forward 8 years, Chicago has planned to add 645 more MILES of bike lanes, 30 of those being protected lanes and 70 going down by 2015. As this article details, that means a bike lane will be within half a mile of every home in Chicago. That’s simply amazing. Remember when bike lanes were so sparse we could actually carry on internet sissy fights about whether we should even have them or not? Now we’re on the path to converting metropolises into bicycle utopias where cars are relegated to Ikea parking lots on the city perimeter. One can dream right?

Read the article about how all this infrastructure development came to be through the partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Active Transportation Alliance. I only hope Indianapolis’s proximity to Chicago absorbs some of these progressive efforts.

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  1. Matthew JDecember 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

    ‘Cars relegated to Ikea parking lots…’ Best thing I’ve read in months! A beautiful dream.

  2. TerryDecember 18, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    It’s Chicago. By the time the money gets through the graft and embezzlement phases of the plan, there won’t be much left for bicycle lanes.

  3. MRLDecember 19, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Now if we can just get John Kass to STFU and quit whining about it all the time.


    “Kasshole” is what a friend of mine called him.

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