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For Immediate Release February 8, 2012

Contact:

Pete Scales (312) 744-0707

Working Toward Goal of Building 100 Miles of Protected Bike Lanes by 2015 The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced today that through the Chicago Bicycle Program it installed and restriped a total of 39 miles of on-street bike facilities throughout Chicago in 2011, nearly four times the 11 miles completed in 2010. Mayor Emanuels commitment to making Chicago a pioneer in bikeway design and implementation has fueled these remarkable achievements, said CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein. With his support and the support of Chicagos bicycling community, CDOT is looking forward to building on 2011s accomplishments and making 2012 a banner year for new bikeways in Chicago. CDOT installed and restriped a total of 39 miles of on-street bike facilities across 52 different projects in 32 wards throughout the city in 2011: 17 miles of new bike lanes 9 miles of restriped bike lanes 9 miles of new marked shared lanes 2 miles of new protected bike lanes 1 mile of new buffered bike lanes 1 mile of restriped marked shared lanes 2011 was a year of firsts for CDOTs Bike Program, including the first protected bike lane; first buffered bike lane; first bike boxes; and first bike-friendly intersection designs. CDOT also installed its first on-street bike parking corral in the Wicker Park neighborhood. Chicagos most important bikeways infrastructure projects in 2011 were the opening of the protected bike lanes on Kinzie Street, Jackson Boulevard and 18th Street. On Kinzie, bicycle ridership has increased with cyclists indicating a greater feeling of safety. Importantly, there has been little to no impact on automobile travel times. These projects proved protected bike lanes can work in Chicago and reaffirmed Mayor Emanuels commitment to installing 100 miles of protected bike lanes in his first term in office, Klein said, adding that in 2012, protected bike lanes will be installed on Elston Avenue, the west side boulevards, and other locations throughout Chicago.

Chicago Bike Program Installs and Restripes Record Number of Bikeways in 2011

Buffered bike lanes were installed for the first time in Chicago in 2011 on portions of Jackson Boulevard and Wabash Avenue. Buffered bike lanes, installed on streets too narrow for protected bike lanes, provide bicyclists with additional comfort and protection by applying a striped buffer to one or both sides of the bike lane. To better address the challenges of intersections for bicyclists, CDOT installed several innovative intersection treatments in 2011 that increase bicyclist safety and visibility. Bike boxes, striping providing guidance through intersections and multi-stage turn queue boxes are just a few of the treatments installed in 2011. These treatments, along with several others, will become standard in 2012 and beyond. Twenty-five new bike lane projects were installed throughout Chicago in 2011 totaling 17 miles. Highlights include Chicagos first bike lane through the Loop on Madison St. and bike lanes installed in areas of the city for the first time as CDOT strives to reach its goal of installing a bikeway within a mile of every Chicagoan by 2015. Bike lanes create the majority of Chicagos existing bikeway network and will serve as the backbone of the network as CDOT moves towards installing 100 miles of protected bike lanes over the next three years.

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Chicago Department of Transportation Bike Program


2011 Year in Review

Mileage Breakdown
Bike Lanes 116 miles Marked Shared Lanes 30 miles Protected Bike Lanes 2 new miles Buffered Bike Lanes 1 new mile Pre-2011 Mileage 2011 Restriped Mileage 2011 Newly Installed Mileage 9 mi
9 mi

2011 Summary
17 mi

2011 was a year of firsts for CDOTs Bike Program: First protected bike lane First buffered bike lane First bike boxes Bike-friendly intersection designs Mayor Emanuels commitment to making Chicago a pioneer in bikeway design and implementation has fueled these remarkable achievements. With his support and the support of Chicagos bicycling community, CDOT is looking forward to building on 2011s accomplishments and making 2012 a banner year for new bikeways in Chicago. The Chicago Bike Program installed and restriped on-street bike facilities throughout Chicago broken down as follows: New Bike Lanes Restriped Bike Lanes New Buffered Bike Lanes New Protected Bike Lanes New Marked Shared Lanes Restriped Marked Shared Lanes TOTAL 17 9 1 2 9 1 39 Miles

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New Miles
New Marked Shared Lanes 9 mi 23%

New Protected Bike Lanes 2 mi - 5% New Buffered Bike Lanes 1 mi - 3%

Restriped Marked Shared Lanes 1 mi - 3%

9 mi 23 % Restriped Bike Lanes

17 mi 44% New Bike Lanes

These 39 miles were spread across 52 different projects in 32 wards throughout the city.

55% increase in ridership during morning commute period 86% of bicyclists feel safe or very safe in the Kinzie protected bike lane 49% of bicyclists feel motorist behavior is improved 41% of bicyclists changed their route to ride on Kinzie

Kinzie St. at Jefferson St.

Kinzie Street Protected Bike Lane


Chicagos most important bikeways infrastructure project in 2011 was the opening of the Kinzie St. protected bike lane. Since its completion in July of 2011, bicycle ridership has increased, bicyclists have indicated a greater feeling of safety on Kinzie St., and there has been little to no impact on automobile travel times. This project proved protected bike lanes can work in Chicago and reaffirmed Mayor Emanuels commitment to installing 100 miles of protected bike lanes in his first term in office.
Kinzie St. at Kingsbury St.

18th St. Bridge - Looking west

Jackson Blvd. at Malcolm X College

Protected Bike Lanes


CDOT installed two additional protected bike lanes in 2011 Jackson Blvd. and 18th St. CDOT will install bicycle-friendly bridge plates on the 18th St. bridge in the winter of 2012. Combined with Kinzie St., these projects makeup the first 2 miles of 100 miles of protected bike lanes CDOT plans to install by May of 2015. In 2012, expect to see protected bike lanes installed on Elston Ave., the west side boulevards, and other locations throughout Chicago.

18th St. Bridge - Looking west

Jackson Blvd. at Oakley Blvd.

Buffered Bike Lanes


Buffered bike lanes were installed for the first time in Chicago in 2011. Buffered bike lanes, installed on streets too narrow for protected bike lanes, provide bicyclists with additional comfort and protection from both moving and parked motorists by applying a striped buffer to one or both sides of the bike lane, thus increasing the distance between bicyclists and overtaking traffic and/or parked cars. Buffered bike lanes were installed on portions of Jackson Blvd. (above) and Wabash Ave. (left) in 2011.
Wabash Ave. at 13th St.

Madison St. at LaSalle St. - Intersection Through Treatment

Jackson Blvd. at Wood St. - Two Stage Turn Queue Box

Intersection Improvements
Intersections can be challenging for bicyclists. To address these issues, CDOT installed several innovative intersection treatments in 2011 that increase bicyclist safety and visibility. Bike boxes (left), striping providing guidance through intersections (above, left) and multi-stage turn queue boxes (above) are just a few of the treatments installed in 2011. It is expected that these treatments, along with several others, will become standard in 2012 and beyond.
Milwaukee Ave. at Kinzie/Desplaines St. Intersection - Bike Box

100th St. - Looking west from bridge over Calument River

Damen Ave. at 47th St.

Ewing Ave. at 95th St.

Bike Lanes
Twenty-five new bike lane projects were installed throughout Chicago in 2011 totaling 17 miles. These bike lanes create the vast majority of Chicagos bikeway network and will continue to do so as the network expands. Highlights include Chicagos first bike lane through the Loop on Madison St. and bike lanes installed in areas of the city for the first time as CDOT strives to reach its goal of installing a bikeway within mile of every Chicagoan by 2015.

Madison St. at Clark St.

Damen Ave. at 50th St.

Rogers Ave. at Touhy Ave.

Marked Shared Lanes


CDOT continued to install marked shared lanes in 2011 on roadways too narrow for dedicated bike lanes. Marked shared lanes increase bicyclist visibility, alert bicyclists and motorists to share the road, and guide bicyclists to ride outside of the door zone. Fourteen new marked shared lane projects were installed throughout Chicago in 2011 totaling 9 miles this amounts to a 30% increase in marked shared lanes citywide.

Rogers Ave. at Ashland Ave.

Armitage Ave. at Hoyne Ave. - Restriped Bike Lane

Restriping
Maintaining Chicagos 160-mile on-street bike network is just as important as installing new facilities. In 2011, 8 miles of bike lanes and marked shared lanes were completely restriped and enhanced to 2011 standards. The majority of the restriping projects were completed on a ward basis and paid for through aldermanic menu funds.

Ardmore Ave. at Sheridan Rd. - Restriped Contraflow Lane

WESTERN AVE 2400 W

ORIOLE AVE 7600 W

HARLEM AVE 7200 W

KEDZIE AVE 3200 W

DAMEN AVE 2000 W

ASHLAND AVE 1600 W

IA AVE

PAR K AVE

OAK PA RK AVE 6800 W

HOWARD ST 7600 N

CICERO AVE 4800 W

KOSTN ER AVE 4400 W

EAST RIVER RD 8800 W

PULASKI RD 4000 W

TOUHY AVE 7200 N


PRATT AVE 6800 N
DEVON AVE 6400 N

LARAMIE AVE 5200 W

CENTRAL 3600 W

STREET PROTECTED BIKE LANES W. 18th St. W. Jackson Blvd. W. Kinzie St. BUFFERED BIKE LANES S. Wabash Ave. W. 18th St. W. Jackson Blvd. BIKE LANES E. 100th St. E. 103rd St. E 75th St. E. Madison St. E. Morgan Dr. E. Rainey Dr. N. California Ave. N. Central Park Blvd. N. Central Park Ave. N. Conservatory Dr. N. Elston Ave. N. Kedzie Ave. N. Kedzie Ave. N. Milwaukee Ave. N. Narragansett Ave. N. Northwest Hwy. S. Avenue L S. Central Park Ave. S. Damen Ave. S. Damen Ave. S. Payne Dr. S. State St. S. Vincennes Ave. W. 18th St. W. 18th St. W. Devon Ave. W. Lawrence Ave. W. Lawrence Ave. W. Madison St. W. Morse Ave. MARKED SHARED LANES N. Ashland Ave. N. California Ave. N. California Ave. N. Clark St. N. Northwest Hwy. N. Rogers Ave. S. Avenue L S. Ewing Ave. S. Halsted St. S. State St. W. 26th St. W. 63rd St. W. Lawrence Ave. W. Touhy Ave. RESTRIPED LANES N. California Ave. N. Clark Ave. N. Damen Ave. N. Elston Ave. N. Halsted St. N. Lincoln Ave. N. Milwaukee Ave. N. Wells St. S. South Shore Dr. W. Ardmore Ave. W. Armitage Ave. W. Armitage Ave. W. Armitage Ave. W. Cortland St. W. Fullerton Ave. W. Logan Blvd. N. Milwaukee Ave.

LIMITS FROM S. Canal St. S. Oakley Blvd. N. Wells St. E. Roosevelt Rd. S. State St. S. Western Ave. S. Torrence Ave. S. Michigan Ave. S. Cottage Grove Ave. S. State St. S. Ellsworth Dr. E. Morgan Dr. W. Diversey Pkwy. N. Conservatory Dr. W. Shraeder Dr. W. Lake St. N. Damen Ave. W. North Ave. N. Milwaukee Ave. N. Elston Ave. W. Fullerton Ave. W. Devon Ave. S. Ewing Ave. W. 25th St. W. 47th St. W. Garfield Blvd. E. 55th St. E. Bishop Ford Hwy. W. 70th St. W. Western Ave. S. Jefferson St. N. Sheridan Dr. N. Milwaukee Ave. N. Ashland Ave. S. Wacker Dr. N. Clark St. N. Pratt Ave. W. Addison St. W. North Ave. W. Montrose Ave. N. Oketo Ave. N. Clark St. E. 99th St. S. Harbor Ave. W. Garfield Blvd. W. 99th St. S. Pulaski Rd. S. Central Ave. N. Central Ave. N. Western Ave. W. Auguta Blvd. W. Belden Ave. N. Branch Chicago River W. Logan Blvd. W. North Ave. W. Diversey Pkwy. W. Armitage Ave. W. North Ave. E. 71st St. N. Winthrop Ave. N. Clark St. N. Sheffield Ave. N. Damen Ave. N. Racine Ave. N. Halsted St. N. Western Ave. N. Leavitt St.

NAGLE AVE 6400 W

AUSTIN AVE 6000 W

CENTRAL AVE 5300 W

CALIFORN 2800 W

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MILES 0.75 0.75 0.50

S. Clark St. W. Ogden Ave. N. Desplaines St.

MANNHEIM RD 10000 W

TOTAL PROTECTED BIKE LANES: 2.00 E. 18th St. S. Clark St. S. Damen Ave. TOTAL BUFFERED BIKE LANES: S. Indianapolis Ave. S. Cottage Grove Ave. S. Stony Island Ave. S. Michigan Ave. E. Rainey Dr. S. Payne Dr. W. Addison St. W. Franklin Blvd. W. Lake St. N. Central Park Blvd. W. Logan Blvd. W. Palmer Blvd. W. Barry Ave. W. Gale St. W. Diversey Pkwy. N. Nagle Ave. E. 99th St. W. 26th St. W. 51st St. W. 63rd St. E. Rainey Dr. W. 99th St. W. 76th St. S. Loomis St. S. Canal St. N. Clark St. N. Central Ave. N. Broadway S. State St. N. Sheridan Rd. TOTAL BIKE LANES: N. Rogers Ave. N. Montrose Ave. N. Milwaukee Ave. W. Ainsley St. W. Devon Ave. N. Eastlake Ter. E. 100th St. S. Calumet River W. 59th St. W. 103rd St. S. Sacramento Ave. S. Austin Ave. N. Austin Ave. N. Sheridan Rd. 0.75 0.75 0.75 1.00 1.25 0.75 1.00 0.25 0.25 0.25 1.00 0.10 0.10 0.25 0.50 0.75 0.50 1.75 0.50 1.25 0.50 0.25 0.50 1.00 0.10 0.10 0.75 1.25 0.25 0.50 0.25 0.50 0.50 0.50 17.40 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.75 0.25 0.50 0.10 0.10 0.50 0.50 1.25 0.50 0.50 1.50

CHICAGO O'HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRP ORT

PETERSON AVE 6000 N


BRYN MAWR AVE 5600 N

FOSTER 5200 N
LAWR ENCE AVE 4800 N

MONTROSE AVE 4400 N


IRVING PARK RD 4000 N

ADDISON ST 3600 N
BELMONT AVE 3200 N

DIVERSEY AVE 2800 N

CUMBERLA ND AVE 8400 W

FULLERTON AVE 2400 N


ARMITAGE 2000 N

PA CIFIC 8000 W
NORTH AVE 1600 N

HARLEM AVE 7200 W

DIVISION ST 1200 N

CHICAGO AVE 800 N


KINZIE ST 400 N

MADISON ST 1N /1S

HARRISON ST 600 S
ROOSEVELT RD 1200 S

16TH ST 1600 S CERMAK RD 2200 S


26TH ST 2600 S
31ST ST 3100 S
35TH ST 3500 S

PERSHING RD 3900 S

43R D ST 4300 S
47TH ST 4700 S

51ST ST 5100 W
55TH ST 5500 S 59TH ST 5900 S

CHICAGO MIDWAY AIRP ORT

63R D ST 6300 S

NARRAGANSETT AVE 6400 W

HARLEM AVE 7200 W

OAK PA RK AVE 6800 W

AUSTIN AVE 6000 W

CENTRAL AVE 5600 W

MARQUETTE RD 6700 S 71ST ST 7100 S 75TH ST 7500 S 79TH ST 7900 S 83R D ST 8300 S KOSTN ER AVE 4400 W 87TH ST 8700 S

TOTAL MARKED SHARED LANES: 9.45 W. Haddon Ave. W. Diversey Pkwy. W. Diversey Pkwy. N. California Ave. W. Armitage Ave. N. Wells St. N. California Ave. N. Lincoln Ave. E. 83rd St. Lakefront Trail N. Halsted St. N. Racine Ave. W. Western Ave. 0.50 N. Branch Chicago River N. Sheffield Ave. W. Diversey Pkwy. N. Western Ave. 0.25 TOTAL RESTRIPED LANES: TOTAL: 0.25 0.75 0.25 0.75 0.50 1.75 0.50 0.25 1.75 0.25 0.50 0.25 0.25 0.50 0.25 9.50 39.35

91ST ST 9100 S 95TH ST 9500 S

99TH ST 9900 S

PULASKI RD 4000 W

CICERO AVE 4800 W

CENTRAL PAR K AVE 3600 W

KEDZIE AVE 3200 W

WESTERN AVE 2400 W

CALIFORN IA AVE 2800 W

DAMEN AVE 2000 W

2011 Installations Existing Bike Network Major Streets Minor Streets

103R D ST 10300 S 107TH ST 10700 S 111TH ST 11100 S 115TH ST 11500 S

119TH 11900 S

ASHLAND AVE 1600 W

127TH 12700 S
RACINE AVE 1200 W

HALSTED ST 800 W

STEWART AVE 400 W

COTTAGE GROVE 800 E AVE

WOODLAWN AVE 1200 E

DR M L KING JR 400 E DR

STONY ISLA ND 1600 E AVE

TORRENCE AVE 2630 E

STATE LINE RD 4100 E

JEFFERY AVE 2000 E

AVEN UE O 3430 E

138TH ST 13800 S

STATE ST 1E/1W