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While the Chicago region’s population grew by 18 percent since 1980, the traffic increased by 66 percent in the same period.

Chicago’s first protected bike lane nears completion

If you haven’t been on Kinzie St. between Milwaukee Ave. and Wells St. in the past week or so, you might not know that the Chicago Department of Transportation is installing Chicago’s first protected bike lane.

This is a first step (pedal?) in Mayor Emanuel’s pledge to construct a protected bike lane within his first 100 days and build a total 100 miles of protected lanes over four years.

CDOT tells me the striping, posts and pavement coloring will be roughly 80 percent done by tomorrow (Friday) and 95 percent done a week later.

The special order steel plates for both sides of the bridge will take longer.

You can follow the progress at CDOT’s Flickr site. Jump to the end to see recent photos.

It’s pretty amazing that CDOT will be pulling this off in just a few weeks.

Kudos to Mayor Emanuel, CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein and the CDOT staff who have been working their tails off!