Build More Buffered Bike Lanes in Chicago

Target: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)

Goal: Keep bikers safe by increasing the number of buffered bike lanes in Chicago.

With continually rising gas prices and increasing health concerns plaguing America, the number of commuting bikers has also increased. In order to compensate for this increase and to encourage more people to join the biking movement, the city of Chicago has planned to lay down over 25 miles of new bike lanes this summer. By 2015, Chicago plans to have more than 100 miles of new bike lanes for commuters to use. This is all good news for bikers, and will hopefully aid in cultivating a healthier community and environment.

However, it is important that all of these new bike lanes are built to be the safest they possibly can be. Protected and buffered bike lanes are the safest types of bike lanes. These lanes have space on both sides of the bikers’ path so as to create distance between moving cars and bikers. Not only are the bikers further from the moving cars, but cyclists are also less likely to get hit by a parked car’s open door.

Buffered and protected bike lanes have already been built on busy streets such as Elston Avenue on the West Side of Chicago, but more must be established. Buffered bike lanes on Jackson Boulevard, Sheridan Road, and other busy and congested streets are absolutely necessary in order to keep bikers safe. Urge Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the CDOT to construct buffered bike paths on these roads and many more.


Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT),

I wholly commend your efforts to increase bike paths in Chicago, and I am ecstatic that the city of Chicago is a part of a national movement that supports cycling commuters. I do wish to express my concern about the actual building of these new bike paths. Streets such as Jackson Boulevard, Sheridan Road and even parts of Fullerton Avenue are extremely dangerous for bikers because of how busy the streets are. These streets (and many more streets as well) require specific attention in terms of bike path construction.

You must ensure that buffered bike lanes are built and that as much space as possible is given to bikers on these streets. By increasing the safety of the bike lanes in Chicago, you will in turn encourage more people to engage in healthier commuting practices.


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  1. Please sign on to the Neighborhood Bikeways Campaign to help us get more protected and buffered bike lanes installed in Chicago!

    The mayor and CDOT have already pledged to install 100 miles of *protected* bike lanes by 2015. However, we need our aldermen and our communities to support this goal in order to keep new bikeway projects moving forward. Your alderman’s support is critical to implementing protected and buffered bike lanes in your ward, so please make sure you let them know this is a priority for your neighborhood.

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