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Half of school children walked or biked to school in 1969, but only 13 percent were doing it in 2009.

Introducing the South Side’s first protected bike lane

Bikeway construction crews in Chicago are showing no sign of slowing down! This week they’ve started rolling out another mile of protected bike lanes through Hyde Park, bringing our tally to 7 miles.

Every mile we add makes our streets safer for everyone and more welcoming to people biking. And when more people take everyday trips by bike, the positive benefits impact everyone!

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Exciting news this week:

55th Street protected bike lane
The South Side’s first protected bike lane is coming to life this week in Hyde Park. Crews are installing the lane between Cottage Grove and Lake Park, helping to connect residents of this bustling neighborhood with a direct route to the spectacular Washington Park. The lane also cruises past the University of Chicago campus, and a number of churches and schools. South Siders, you’re going to love it.

With your help, we’re rallying Chicagoans around 100 miles of protected bike lanes and other innovative bikeways such as buffered bike lanes and neighborhood greenways. Please help us spread the word. Every supporter we add makes our voice stronger and can help us get more aldermen and community groups on board with new bikeway projects. Tell your friends to sign on, and volunteer to help us build our movement for better bikeways!

Volunteer this summer!
We’re going all out this summer to make sure that the people of Chicago are informed and excited about the world-class bike network that is being built literally as you read this sentence. An enormous task lies before us and we need your help to reach as many people as we possibly can through direct outreach at fun summer events. We’ll be signing up new supporters who can speak up with us to keep bikeway projects moving forward. To learn more and volunteer, please email John Lankford at john@activetrans.org.