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Klein talks pedestrian scrambles, protected bike lanes, Critical Mass and more

Check out this interview with new CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein on pedestrian scramble intersections, re-opening crosswalks, protected bike lanes, bus rapid transit and whether or not he’ll ever ride in Critical Mass.

Klein, who is coming off a two-year stint as D.C.’s transportation director, is committed to making Chicago more bike- and ped-friendly.

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He also discusses the need to slow down car traffic on high-traffic streets like Michigan Avenue, as well as lessening the number of cars in Chicago by reducing zoning requirements for parking at new construction sites.