|It was an enthusiastic crowd at the first Bike Walk Lincoln Park "Plan and Ride" session. Thanks for hosting us, CityGrounds Coffee Bar! (Photo: Bike Walk Lincoln Park)|
PLAN AND RIDE RECAP
In spite of chilly air and an early start time, we had a great turn out for the Bike Boulevards Plan and Ride event this morning. There was a big range of bicycling skill sets, from very confident cyclists who have ridden in Chicago for decades, to people who rarely ride at all but would like to more often if they were provided safer facilities.
Fifteen of us shared knowledge about bicycle boulevards, which are low-traffic streets that are given various features to make them very calm, safe and friendly for all bicyclists, even if they’re hesitant riders. (Please read more details about them on this previous post.)
(Note that in January 2012, it was announced that in Chicago, these bikeways will be called "neighborhood greenways".)
We then set off to ride on a few streets to see if they might be appropriate to consider as candidates. We rode on parts of Eugenie, Willow, Burling, Orchard, Wrightwood, and Belden. A few comments from the participants during and after the ride:
- Lincoln Park has a plethora of streets that are already beautiful, tree-lined, and low traffic, that would be great bicycle boulevards.
- The streets we rode on led directly past public schools and parks, and to shopping areas like North/Kingsbury, Armitage/Halsted and Clark/Diversey.
- Long, continuous streets like Wrightwood attract relatively heavy car traffic because drivers use them as alternates to Fullerton or Diversey.
- Very calm, one-way streets like Belden are already very pleasant to ride on.
- Nearly all the streets need resurfacing work to fix potholes!
|We just HAD to stop and talk about the John Henry sculpture at Burling and Armitage. (Photo: Bike Walk Lincoln Park)|
If you participated, thanks for coming out. If you couldn’t make it, we missed you, and hope to see you at the next event!
STREETS FOR CYCLING KICKS OFF
In other exciting news, the Streets For Cycling 2020 Plan officially kicked off last week! The S4C Plan will be the city’s new comprehensive bicycle plan, a vision for all the great changes that will be put in between now and 2020. Chicago Department of Transportation and the consulting/engineering firms it has contracted with to produce the document are actively seeking out input from citizens in ALL neighborhoods of the city.
|Chicago's Streets for Cycling 2020 Plan will include more protected bike lanes, like this one on Kinzie Street just east of the river. (Photo:Bike Walk Lincoln Park)|
You can bet that Bike Walk Lincoln Park will be there to provide input and assistance in any way we can! And we hope you join as well. How can you get involved?
- Read this one page PDF Fact Sheet from Streets for Cycling to get an overview of their mission.
- Make sure you “Like” the Facebook page of Chicago Streets for Cycling 2020 to keep up to date on the latest developments. While you’re at it, you should also “Like” the following, to get all the important Chicago bicycle and pedestrian news: Chicago Department of Transportation, Chicago Bicycle Program, and Grid Chicago. (Or you can follow them on Twitter. Or both, if you’re REALLY into it.)
- Attend the December 10 Streets for Cycling open house event detailed on the Fact Sheet. This will be a hands-on event in which you have the opportunity to draw on huge maps, share your complaints, suggestions, demands, or whatever, directly with the people who will be putting together the Streets for Cycling Plan. We’ll remind you about this event later, but for now just put it on your calendar. There will be additional public events later in the winter.
- Lincoln Park will be part of the North Side Community for purposes of S4C, you can be an active part of the North Side Community Advisory Group (again, see the Fact Sheet), as will be many members of Bike Walk Lincoln Park.
It’s an exciting time to be a bicyclist or a future bicyclist in Chicago! Stay warm, and stay tuned.