Thursday, March 17, 2011

Chicago to Test "Cycle Tracks" for Bike Lanes

Chicago's Department of Transportation has received a $3.2 Million Federal grant to build and test a "Cycle Track" on Stony Island Avenue between 69th and 77th Streets on Chicago's South Side. This is an interesting choice for the test because this is an area of the city that is not typically considered a "high volume" area for bicyclists. However, the infrastructure is ripe for a test program of this nature and ideally "if you build it, they will come."

A "Cycle Track" is essentially a dedicated bike lane that is separated from the main roadway and motor vehicles by a curb, a sidewalk, planter boxes or other kinds of physical dividers. The purpose of a "Cycle Track" is to allow bicycles to safely travel and to allow for all kinds of traffic to travel more fluidly.

If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Illinois personal injury law, please contact Illinois Bicycle Attorney Mike Keating at 312-208-7702 or . All initial consultations are confidential and free.