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Nearly five children are hit by people driving every day in Illinois while walking or biking within one block of a school.

Come to the ribbon cutting for the new protected bike lane!

With the installation of new bridge plates over the Chicago River, the Kinzie Street protected bike lane is now complete!

/Please join Active Trans at a Chicago Department of Transportation ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, July 25, 11 a.m., at the southeast corner of Kinzie Street and Jefferson Avenue.

Active Trans is rallying support for a 100-mile network of protected bikeways because Chicago needs a safer bicycle network designed with all kinds of people in mind, whether you’re 8-years old or 80.

We have seen cities around the world build protected bike lanes that improve safety for all street users—cyclists, pedestrians and drivers alike. Take a few examples:

  • Since its installation, the protected bike lane on 9th Ave. in New York City has experienced a 56 percent reduction in injuries to all street users, which includes a 57 percent reduction in injuries to cyclists and a 29 percent reduction in injuries to pedestrians.
  • The protected bike lanes on Allen and Pike Streets in New York City have seen a 35 percent decrease in both motor vehicle and bicycle crashes since they were installed.
  • After building a network of 120 km of protected bike lanes over three years, Seville, Spain, saw an increase from 0.6 percent of all trips by bike in 2006 to 6.6 percent of all trips by bicycle in 2010.

We’re looking forward to similar successes in Chicago.

Join us Monday to celebrate our first step on Kinzie Street and to show your support for the next 99.5 miles!