Monday, May 7, 2012

Come view the draft Streets for Cycling 2020 plan on May 22!

by Michelle Stenzel

This is it, Folks, the big reveal! 

This past winter, the Chicago Department of Transportation Streets for Cycling 2020 team asked the citizens for our input about where we'd like to see safer conditions for bicycling, and we gave it to them. 
Citizens at the North Side Community Area Group of the Streets for Cycling 2020 Plan discussing "Upgraded Bikeways" in February 2012. (Photo: Bike Walk Lincoln Park)
Many of you took part in the process, showing up at meetings, taking online surveys, or e-mailing your comments, suggestions and feedback. The CDOT team took that input from the north side and from all over the city, and came up with their draft plan, which will be revealed at a series of four community meetings starting on May 22! 

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According to the official flier, the meetings will give you an opportunity to view the entire proposed citywide network, "learn about possible street treatments and bike facilities, remaining challenges and next steps."

Please come to one of the meetings, to provide final input and to show your support. Attending these events live is one of the best ways to make the statement that this is an important issue for you! 
Wouldn't it be nice if some of this vast swath of concrete on Monroe Street could be made safe and legal for someone who wants to ride a bike to the lake front? (Photo: Bike Walk Lincoln Park)
It will be exciting to see hundreds of miles of new or improved bikeways laid out on the map, but they will only become a reality with plenty of support from community members. We need a rallying cry from the Chicago masses who understand that riding a bicycle is not just a sport, but truly a practical and convenient method of transportation for many trips in a city like Chicago, as long as there's a safe path provided.  All we need is those safe paths, and now they're coming, with your help.

The first meeting is on the northwest side:
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
4:00 to 8:00 pm, presentations start at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm
Copernicus Center
5216 W. Lawrence Ave.

There's also one meeting in the Loop:

Saturday, June 9, 2012
10:00 am to 4:00 pm -- open house
77 South Dearborn, Building Lobby

There are also two meetings on the west side and south side, as well as webinars. See the flyer or link below, and see you at Copernicus Center!
The city of Chicago's bicycle program is

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