This video gives a first-person view of biking on Dearborn Street through Chicago's Loop, before and after installation of the new 1.15-mile two-way protected bike lane (http://tinyurl.com/cwugndv).
Protected bike lanes use physical barriers to separate people riding bikes and motorized traffic. By providing people on bikes with their own protected space, the design helps people of all ages feel more comfortable biking on city streets. Statistics show protected bike lanes encourage more people to bike while improving a street’s overall safety for everyone whether they walk, bike or drive. A study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health found that risk of injury is 89 percent lower biking on protected bike lanes compared to major streets with no bike infrastructure.
Demand for safer streets for biking has been growing in Chicago and around the country. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey found that 71 percent of Americans would like to bicycle more, but fewer than half feel that their community is designed for making biking safe. This pent-up demand for safer bike infrastructure has been on full display in Chicago. Following installation of a protected bike lane on Kinzie Street last year, bicycle ridership on Kinzie increased 55 percent.
For more information and to get involved in bringing more bikeways to Chicago, visit activetrans.org/bikeways