Friday, March 8, 2013

TAKE ACTION: Help support protected bike lanes on Milwaukee Ave.!

Biking in Humboldt Park with Chiara in her bike seat
Summer 2012
Everyone knows I bike to work when I can and bike often all around the city, with my kids in tow. I'm counting down the days until spring is here and the snow is melted and the temperature decent enough for a bike ride. I can't wait!

Chicago will soon decide whether to install protected bike lanes on Milwaukee Avenue this spring between Elston and Kinzie, as the first stretch of safety improvements that will eventually extend all the way to Devon. I bike down Milwaukee Avenue on my way to work. By creating more order on an often chaotic and hazardous street, protected bike lanes would make Milwaukee Avenue safer for everyone, whether you are walking, biking or driving. Consolidating some parking may be required to create a safer street, and that's worth it. However, barrier-protected bike lanes could be left out of improvement plans as the city assesses how to use limited street space.

Please sign the petition at http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50110/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=9521&tag=twitter telling Chicago city officials to install barrier-protected bike lanes on Milwaukee Avenue. 

Here are some facts: 
  • Milwaukee Avenue is the busiest biking street in Chicago -- more than 40% of traffic during rush hour is bikes. Intersections on Milwaukee at Chicago and North are the top two most dangerous intersections for bike crashes and are in need of safety improvements. 
  • New York City's barrier-protected bike lane on 9th Avenue led to a 56 percent reduction in injuries to all street users, including a 57 percent reduction in injuries to people on bikes and a 29 percent reduction in injuries to people walking, as well as an 84 percent reduction in sidewalk riding.
  • Bike-friendly streets are good for business. After construction of a protected bike lane on 9th Ave. in New York City, local businesses saw a 49 percent increase in retail sales. By comparison, local businesses throughout Manhattan only saw a 3 percent increase in retail sales.
Thanks for your support!


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