Ensure that new and refurbished bridges and underpasses are safe for bicycling.

Strategy 2.1.1 Details

Chapter 2Bicycle-friendly Streets: While bicycling is permitted on all streets in Chicago (except expressways) many factors discourage bicycle use, including narrow travel lanes, congested roads, and uneven pavement. This chapter identifies ways to make Chicago's streets more bicycle-friendly.
Objective 1Accommodate bicycling in every city, county, and state road construction, resurfacing, streetscape, and traffic calming project.

Strategy 1

Ensure that new and refurbished bridges and underpasses are safe for bicycling.

Bridges and underpasses provide critical links for bicycling. It is therefore especially important that they are well designed, with safe surfaces and adequate accommodation for cycling as required by federal law.1 (Refer to Chapter 1: Bikeway Network; Strategy 6.5) Wherever possible, bike lanes should be included, particularly along streets identified in the Streets for Cycling Plan. Often bike lanes can be established by realigning travel lanes, removing a lane, and/or narrowing the median.

Peformance MeasureMonitor city, county, and state bridge and underpass construction projects to ensure that adequate accommodation for bicyclists is provided, beginning in 2005. Develop design standards by 2007; arrange city, county, and state approval and use by 2008.
Tracker NotesStatus unknown. If you look at 1.6.5, only two bridges were retrofitted as a part of a bridge upgrade (Harrison and Randolph). Kinzie was retrofitted because of a new bikeway across the bridge.

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