Chicago – Kinzie Street just got safer for cyclists.
Chicago recently unveiled its first separated bike lane, which crews completed last month, along a half mile-long stretch of Kinzie from Milwaukee Avenue to Wells Street, reported Co.Exist.com.
The new lane connects the city’s central “Loop” to existing bike ones to the west. A second protected lane is under construction along Jackson Boulevard, according to the website. Protected bike lanes offer more protection to cyclists from car traffic using some sort of barrier such as planters, pylons or parking spaces.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making a push to make the city more bike friendly, setting a goal to construct 100 miles of protected bike lanes. The city also plans to set up a bike sharing system with 3,000 bikes by 2012.
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