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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Bike Boulevards in Chicago

Posted By on 04.08.10 at 05:13 PM

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The Chicago Department of Transportation and the City of Chicago are currently working on a pilot program for the city's first bicycle boulevard, and are soliciting suggestions for possible locations. Bike boulevards, according to bicyclinginfo.org, are "low-volume streets that have been optimized for bicycle travel through traffic calming and diversion, signage and pavement markings, and intersection crossing treatments." They're shared roadways, usually in residential areas; Streetsblog Portland has a video about a bike boulevard where the "traffic calming" measures include speed bumps, traffic circles, and turning laws that divert most motor vehicle traffic to other routes.

Ideas can be sent to adolfo@activetrans.org with "Bike Boulevard" in the subject line; the deadline is tomorrow. Proposed locations should meet the following criteria:

* Minimum one-mile stretch
* Controlled crossing at all intersections—stop sign or traffic signal
* Residential roadway
* Low motor vehicle traffic
* High number of cyclists using the route and in the neighborhood
* Aldermanic support

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