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So where YOU put a bike blvd?

 

Where would you put a bike boulevard?

City looking for suggestions in your community

 

Dear Joseph,

The City of Chicago is interested in piloting a bike boulevard and the Chicago Department of Transportation is asking for your input and suggestions on locations.

Bike boulevards are roads that are made comfortable for all bicyclists by slowing car traffic and reducing the amount of car traffic on the street. That might be through speed bumps, traffic diverters or signs. Local traffic can still maneuver, but high-speed cut-through traffic is discouraged.

Bike boulevards are usually parallel to arterial roads and oftentimes become major thoroughfares for bicyclists and havens for families to walk and play.

Here is an example of one in Portland.

We’ve been asked to reach out to our members and collect feedback.  So we want to hear your suggestions for specific street locations that would be a good fit for a bike boulevard in Chicago. Keep these criteria in mind:

  • Minimum one-mile stretch
  • Controlled crossing at all intersections – stop sign or traffic light
  • Residential roadway
  • Low motor vehicle traffic
  • High number of cyclists using the route and in the neighborhood
  • Aldermanic support

Send us your ideas to adolfo@activetrans.org by Friday, April 9.

Your voice strengthens the movement around active transportation. Thank you!

 

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To underscore an earlier point, an excerpt from a study of bicyclists in Portland:

"The 'Strong and the Fearless' comprise perhaps 2,000 or fewer cyclists in Portland, representing fewer than 0.5% of the population. These are the people who will ride in Portland regardless of roadway conditions... A much larger demographic, representing the vast majority of Portland’s citizens, are the 'interested but concerned...' Very few of these people regularly ride bicycles—perhaps 2,000 who will ride through their neighborhoods to the local park or coffee shop, but who will not venture out onto the arterials to the major commercial and employment destinations they frequent. There are probably 300,000 in this group, representing 60% of the city’s population. They would ride if they felt safer on the roadways—if cars were slower and less frequent, and if there were more quiet streets with few cars and paths without any cars at all."

Bike boulevards are not for the first group, which isn't many people even in "America's cycling capital." They primarily address the vastly larger second group, which will not ride on arterial streets.
When are we going to learn of the winning bike boulevard?

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