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Chicago’s first protected bike lane on Kinzie St. increased ridership by 55 percent without increasing traffic congestion for cars.

Active Trans creating state's first township-wide bike plan

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Active Trans is excited to be working with Wayne Township officials to develop a comprehensive bike plan that should be completed by the end of this year.

Once completed, Wayne would be the first township in Illinois to adopt a bike plan. Over the summer, residents and elected officials brainstormed ideas for making the six-community area in Chicago’s northwest suburbs – Wayne, West Chicago, Bartlett, Hanover Park, Carol Stream and St. Charles – safer and more accessible for people riding bikes (see right).

As The Daily Herald reported this week, there are many recommendations in the plan that aim to make cycling safer and easier while also building a bike culture throughout the communities.

Some of the proposals will be easier to accomplish, such as painting bike lanes and installing wayfinding signs and bike racks. Other infrastructure improvements would require a funding source from these communities.

At the meeting over the summer, residents said they enjoy riding trails in the area but said they had trouble getting to them in the first place. Bike lanes, trail connections and side paths were high priorities and something we plan to address in the township’s plan.

Michael Sewall serves as an Active Trans communications intern.