Upgrade and extend existing trails.

Strategy 1.2.7 Details

Chapter 1Bikeway Network: "Bikeways" are streets and trails specifically designed for bicycle travel. Bikeways help bicyclists feel comfortable riding, whether on streets with heavy motor-vehicle traffic or on off-street trails. Surveys consistently indicate that providing bikeways is the most effective way to encourage bicycling.
Objective 2Establish new trails, improve existing trails, and improve access to trails.

Strategy 7

Upgrade and extend existing trails.

Improve existing trails to meet current standards (refer to Strategy 2.2). Improve safety at high accident locations. Ensure that trails provide safe, direct connections to the on-street bikeway network and, where appropriate, to adjacent municipalities. Wherever possible, trails should be continuous. Priority projects inaclude improving and extending the Lakefront Trail, North Branch Trail and Riverwalk, North Shore Channel Trail, and Des Plaines River Trail.

Peformance MeasureUpgrade or extend trails at 5-10 locations by 2015.
Tracker NotesHas the Lakefront Trail been improved? At least in one location, at Solidarity Drive/Roosevelt Road (building an underpass so that people can bypass crossing Roosevelt Road). There are an infinite number of other locations where the trail could be improved, by either smoothing pavement, or widening it to 12 feet (minimum).

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