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Only 0.7 percent of federal transportation funds are spent on improving pedestrian facilities.

Lincoln Village Bridge, big victory for Chicago River Trail

In a big victory for walking, biking and running, the city broke ground on the much-anticipated Lincoln Village Bridge on Chicago’s Northwest Side. The bridge will connect existing multi-use trails on the east and west sides of the North Shore Channel Trail just north of Lincoln Avenue and south of Devon Avenue.

It’s another exciting step towards a continuous Chicago River Trail. A 27-mile trail would transform areas around the river into vibrant open spaces and connect people to jobs, shopping districts and recreation opportunities.

Active Trans was thrilled to join Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld, CDOT Project Manager Lubka Benak and 50th Ward Alderman Debra Silverstein at the recent ground-breaking ceremony (pictured).

The pedestrian and bicycle bridge will fill a key gap in the North Channel Trail, providing a continuous path for 6.7 miles from Lawrence Avenue in Albany Park through Lincolnwood and Skokie to Golf Road in Evanston.

Expected to be completed this fall, the bridge will connect to a new Bernard Stone Park and trails on the river’s west bank.

Elected officials recognize the value a seamless river path will bring. “Residents of the 50th Ward and the City of Chicago will finally have a beautiful and fully connected bike path,” said Silverstein. “Cyclists will soon be able to enjoy the trail all the way from Lawrence Avenue into the northern suburbs.”

We’re excited to see the city take another major step towards a continuous Chicago River Trail. This project is a reminder that completing a continuous river trail will take persistent advocacy. In addition to the Lincoln Village Bridge, construction is well underway on the 312 RiverRun and Manor Greenway — both of which will make it easier to walk, run, and bike along the Chicago River.

We’ll continue to monitor river trail projects and provide opportunities to get involved. Have you joined the Chicago River Trail campaign? Sign up here.