Saturday, December 3, 2011

Chicago Suburbs Follow City's Lead in Becoming "Bike Friendly"

Chicago has made great strides in recent years to make the city bike-friendly. On the heels of those successes, many suburbs and towns near Chicago are beginning to follow suit.

Earlier this week, Gary, Indiana Mayor Rudy Clay opened Gary’s first government built bike trail. The trail, which had been in the works for over six years, hopes to be the first of many in Gary. City officials hope that the trail will eventually link up to trails in eastern Illinois. Mayor Clay also laid out a plan that would build a bike trail that would completely surround Gary. Gary has been in contact with numerous bicycle enthusiast groups and planners in order to make their city more bike friendly.

Illinois Congressman Dan Lipinski recently teamed up with the Illinois Department of Transportation to pave the shoulder of Lemont Road for bicycle traffic. With the shoulder now paved, bicyclists can now easily gain access to downtown Lemont.

In Elgin, town officials are proposing a bike path be part of the multi-million dollar plan to create a riverfront plaza near Riverside Drive. Governor Pat Quinn hopes to invest more than $13 million to revitalize the area. Elgin, like Gary, is working with Naperville company Hitchcock Design Group to help design the bike path.Sources: Gary Community Times, Courrier News, Suburban Life Publications.

If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Illinois personal injury law, please contact Illinois Bicycle Attorney Mike Keating at 312-239-6787 or 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All e-mails and phone calls are returned promptly. All initial consultations are confidential and free.