Mayor Emanuel’s office and the Chicago Department of Transportation announced Sunday that 34 miles of new protected bike lanes will be installed in Chicago before the end of the year. That should go a long way toward helping fulfill Emanuel’s promise of installing 25 miles of protected bike lanes every year of his four-year term.

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Tandem cyclists along Lake Michigan. Photo by John Picken.


So far CDOT has completed installation of three miles of protected bike lanes on Kinzie Street between Milwaukee and Wells; 18th Street between Clark and Canal Streets; Jackson Boulevard between Western and Ogden Avenues; and Elston Avenue between Milwaukee and North Avenues. Several more miles of buffered bike lanes have been redefined across the city.