Ride through Chicago’s near northwest side to discuss the challenges and opportunities that Chicago’s diagonal streets present for people bicycling. Participants will see several intersection treatments deployed on Milwaukee Avenue, one of the nation’s busiest streets for bicycling, and then ride over to the Clybourn Ave protected bike lane, named the 5th Best Bike Lane in America in 2015 by People for Bikes. Chicago DOT and Illinois DOT staff will discuss how the two departments worked together to implement the first protected bike lane in Illinois on a State Jurisdiction roadway. Hear how the two departments overcame historical disagreements on bicycle lane design in urban environments to build this project, and why a positive working relationship between the City and the State is so critical in building a bike lane network. Initial data collection and findings, outreach strategies, and design details will be discussed. Participants will also ride on several of Chicago’s downtown protected bike lanes, The 606 elevated trail, and Chicago’s beautiful Lakefront Trail.
This Walkshop is supported by the Illinois Department of Transportation.