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Bike Boulevards in Chicago

Posted By on 04.08.10 at 05:13 PM

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, 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 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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