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The Chicago region’s current hub-and-spoke transit system leaves nearly half a million Cook County residents stranded in transit deserts.

Come to Streets for Cycling open house on Dec. 10

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be initiating the public outreach portion of the Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 by hosting an open house on December 10th at 23 E. Madison St. (storefront) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

/The project team will be there all day to talk about the plan and bicycling issues in your neighborhood.

The Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 will guide the development of a citywide network of 150-250 miles of innovative bikeways that will make bicycling a safe and easy option for all Chicagoans, from 8 years old to 80. Once built, the bikeways network will safely connect residents to their daily needs with a healthy, affordable and green form of transportation.

CDOT will develop the plan over the next few months with an anticipated completion date of June 2012. The first step will be to review the existing bicycling conditions in each neighborhood and gather input from communities.

Public input will help identify the gaps and barriers in the current bike network. Community input will also identify places people might want to bike to in each neighborhood, such as parks, transit, jobs and shopping. From there, a new network of family-friendly bicycle facilities will be developed.

What is your role?
CDOT wants your input to help develop the Streets for Cycling Plan 2020. Fortunately, there will be a number of opportunities to get involved. Active Trans encourages you to participate to ensure the plan’s success!

  • Attend the open house on Dec. 10 (see above). The open house will include mapping activities, information about these new bicycle facilities, and an opportunity to discuss biking in your neighborhood with CDOT staff.
  • Interact online. The site will be updated with project news and will provide opportunities for you to share your ideas.
  • Join your community advisory group, which will allow your to discuss your ideas with others who care about safer streets in your community, and share your knowledge of bicycling in your neighborhood. Interested in joining your community advisory group? Please email
  • Attend a public meeting. In addition to the open house, three meetings will be held in January and February 2012.

January 18, 2012
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Avenue
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

January 25, 2012
Woodson Regional Library
9525 S. Halsted Street
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

February 1, 2012
Sulzer Regional Library
4455 N. Lincoln Avenue
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.