More bike lanes are coming to the city over the next two years, providing critical infrastructure at a time more Chicagoans are choosing biking as a mode of transit.
The Chicago Department of Transportation said Wednesday the city is leading the biggest bike lane expansion its history, helped by investments from Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago Works capital plan. In total, $17 million will support installing and improving bike lanes all across the city, with 50 miles of lanes planned for 2021 and 2022.
About 9 miles of protected lanes have been installed or will be finished by the end of this year:
119th Street – Ashland to Halsted: New protected bike lanes on the Far South Side connecting to the Major Taylor Trail and Coleman Elementary Academy.
Clark Street – Edgewater to Devon: New protected bike lanes connecting Andersonville, Edgewater and Rogers Park neighborhoods.
Damen Avenue – Fullerton to Diversey: A protected bike lane providing more comfortable access over the Chicago River and connecting to the Elston Protected Bike Lane and Clybourn Buffered Bike Lane.
Roscoe/Campbell – Belmont to Western: Improving access to the 312 River Run, Clark Park, and DePaul College Prep with a curb-separated protected bike lane implemented with street resurfacing.
Taylor Street – Morgan to Canal: Filling a network gap between University of Illinois Chicago and Downtown, with connections to bikeways on Halsted, Desplaines, Clinton, and Canal.
Woodlawn Avenue – 111th to Olive Harvey College: New link to the Pullman neighborhood and Monument, Pullman Community Center, Pullman Omniplex Stadium, and Olive Harvey College.