Posted by Michael McGoldrick, Fri Jun 8 2012 at 11:28 am
Chicago aims for 161 km of segregated bike lanes within the next 3 years.
That’s an amazing amount of segregated bike lanes, even for a city the size of Chicago. In fact, it’s 120 times more than what we currently have in Ottawa.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently made the pledge to create 100 miles of protected bike lanes as part of a project that will see six cities share information on best practices for building segregated bike lanes. Also participating in the project are Portland, San Francisco, Austin, Memphis and Washington, D.C.
It’s called the Green Lane Project, and it has the official backing of the US Secretary of Transportation. Its stated objective is to encourage US cities to build world-class cycling networks on city streets. In addition to the six cities participating in the project, there are good number of cities in the US that already have segregated bike lanes, including New York, Pennsylvania, St Petersburg, to name a few.
It’s worth noting that in the US segregated bike lanes are often referred to as “separated bikes lanes”, “protected bike lanes”, or sometimes simply as “green lanes”
For more about Chicago’s plans for protected bike lanes, go to:
For more about the Green Lane Project on the official blog of the US Secretary of Transportation go to:
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