Chicagoland residents like you want safer streets for biking, which is why from Dearborn Street in the Loop to Church Street in Evanston, communities are pursuing barrier protected bike lanes to make streets safer for everyone. But if the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) controlled all of our streets, you would not be able to enjoy safer bike lanes on those and other streets like Kinzie, Lake or 55th. A recent Chicago Tribune article reported that IDOT is obstructing barrier protected bike lanes on all state roads. IDOT controls many miles of streets in the City of Chicago and suburbs, which means it can hinder our progress towards making Chicagoland streets safer for biking. Please sign the petition below telling Gov. Quinn that IDOT must cooperate with local communities to implement safer streets.
IDOT is reinforcing the status quo of unsafe conditions on our streets under the guise of needing additional research. Yet data and research from other cities has already shown that barrier protected bike lanes create more order on the street and reduce injuries involving bikes, pedestrians and cars. They also can be maintained in all kinds of weather, including snow. New York City's barrier protected lane on 9th Avenue led to a 56 percent reduction in injuries to all street users, including a 29 percent reduction in injuries to people walking. And a study published in the American Journal of Public Health in 2012 found that risk of injury is 89 percent lower biking on barrier protected bike lanes compared to major streets with no bike infrastructure. Why would IDOT put the brakes on a proven traffic safety strategy?
Whether you're an 8-year-old child or 80-year-old grandmother, you should be able to ride a bike on your community’s streets without fearing for your safety. Barrier protected bike lanes are designed with all kinds of people in mind to make biking a safe and easy option for everyone.
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