|Chapter 1||Bikeway 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 6||Prioritize ongoing maintenance and repair of the bikeway network.|
Retrofit metal grate bridges to make them safer for bicycling.
Grooves on some metal grate bridges can cause bicycle tires to pull, creating a "channeling effect," making bicycling uncomfortable, even dangerous. Also, under wet conditions, the metal grates can become slippery, especially for narrow bicycle tires.
|Peformance Measure||Retrofit 5-10 priority metal grate bridges by 2010. Ensure that the remaining bridges on bikeways identified in the Streets for Cycling Plan are bicycle-friendly by 2015.|
|Tracker Notes||This is incomplete. Since 2005, when the plan launched, 1 bridge was retrofitted by 2010 (Harrison). In 2011, two bridges were retrofitted (Kinzie and Randolph). Washington Street used to have a 100% concrete deck but it was modified in 2011 to only have a 60% concrete deck. (Aside: Open metal grates were added to Washington Street at Wacker Drive.)|
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