As a midwesterner with deep roots in Chicago, I have to ask why it took so long for the region’s most dense and topographically dull city to make real strides in cycling infrastructure, but it’s welcome progress nonetheless.
I was once skeptical of fully segregated bike lanes, favoring instead the bike boulevards pioneered in Portland, OR. More extensive infrastructure could be garnered for the same investment, I thought. The short time I’ve been in Copenhagen, however, has fully changed my mind. In order for cities to successfully encourage citizens of all demographics onto their bikes, full segregation and the resulting sense of safety is vital. Elderly women ride on the cycle tracks on Copenhagen, as do women carrying children, business men, and young children.
I hope that one day soon Chicago can boast the same environment.
Emanuel’s got 0.5 miles complete.
99.5 miles to go in 3.5 years to keep this promise.