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Chicago Bike Lane Envy Sweeps the Nation
Posted By Angie Schmitt On December 5, 2012 @ 11:22 am In Network Roundup | 37 Comments
Who would have thunk it just two years ago: Portland, Seattle — even some New York City residents — jealous of Chicago’s cutting-edge bike infrastructure.
But here we sit, roughly a year and a half into Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first term, and the city of Chicago has a protected, bi-directional bike lane  running directly through the heart of its downtown. Bike advocates from major cities are taking notice.
Here’s what Jonathan Maus at Bike Portland  had to say:
That’s a segment of over one mile on a high-profile downtown street in one of America’s largest cities.
“That’s huge and symbolic,” tweeted Portland Mercury News Editor Denis Theriault upon hearing the news, “[Would] Be like putting one here on Washington or Everett.”
Yeah. If only.
While excited by what’s happening in Chicago (and D.C., and San Francisco, and so on), I can’t help but think how great it would be if Portland could muster something this big.
Tom Fucoloro at Seattle Bike Blog  just came out and said he’s “envious” in a recent post:
Seattle can’t wait longer. We’re suddenly in a place where we’re envious of Chicago’s bike lanes. That’s crazy. We are falling behind because we are not making bold and smart investments in cycling infrastructure where we need it most. There won’t be a huge increase in the number of people cycling until we make significant improvements to the streets people need to use the most.
Even New York City residents have been impressed by Chicago’s determination  to reallocate space from cars to bikes.
I think Chicago’s burgeoning reputation for bold street redesigns was exactly what Rahm Emanuel had in mind when he got elected and picked Gabe Klein to lead his transportation department. Looks like he’s living up to his reputation as a guy who can get stuff done.
Elsewhere on the Network today: Beyond DC  reports that some major Amtrak upgrades are in store for Virginia. WalkBikeJersey  says that Atlantic City is making much-needed efforts to improve bike-friendliness. And WABA  celebrates the official opening of the L Street protected bike lane in Washington, D.C.
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 Active Transportation Alliance: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151290222064872&set=a.59465984871.65113.57362894871&type=1&theater
 protected, bi-directional bike lane: http://streetsblog.net/2012/12/03/two-way-protected-bike-lane-coming-to-the-heart-of-downtown-chicago/
 Bike Portland: http://bikeportland.org/2012/12/04/talk-in-portland-action-in-chicago-80862?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BikePortland+%28BikePortland.org%29
 Seattle Bike Blog: http://seattlebikeblog.com/2012/12/04/seattle-cycle-tracks-can-be-built-easily-and-quickly/
 impressed by Chicago’s determination: http://streetsblog.net/2012/12/03/two-way-protected-bike-lane-coming-to-the-heart-of-downtown-chicago/#comment-726173280
 Beyond DC: http://beyonddc.com/log/?p=4160
 WalkBikeJersey: http://walkbikejersey.blogspot.com/2012/12/bike-ped-plans-in-brigantine.html
 WABA: http://www.waba.org/blog/2012/12/mayor-gray-officially-opens-the-l-street-protected-bike-lane/
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