Chicago To Become The Most Bicycle-Friendly City In The United States
|By Michael d'Estries in Green Living | June 30, 2006|
The mayor of Chicago announced a few weeks back that the Windy City will begin promoting bike use throughout the city over the next decade. The plan recommends ‘projects, programs, and policies to encourage use of this non-polluting and afforadable mode of transportation.’ From the article, “Bicycling reduces traffic congestion, conserves limited energy resources, integrates healthy physical activity into everyday travel, and reduces transportation costs,” CDOT Acting Commissioner Cheri Heramb said. “This plan lays out the steps so that Chicago’s bicycle facilities and programs will rival those of any large city in the world.” Some of the highlights of the plan include a 500 mile bikeway network by 2015. Permitting passengers 14-17 to board CTA trains and buses with thei bicycles so High Schools can promote a mix of transit and bike use. Hiring more “Trail Ambassadors” to keep bikeways safe throughout the summer. Providing secure bike parking inside 5-10 city buildings, to encourage employees to bike to work. The future of Chicago may one day resemble modern-day Amsterdam–one of the more bike intensive cities I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. Hopefully, this type of leadership will spread to other US cities. Cool!
Link: Chicago’s Bike Plan Site