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Chicago’s first protected bike lane on Kinzie St. increased ridership by 55 percent without increasing traffic congestion for cars.

MetroPulse: A new tool for exploring quality of life in the region

Looking for stats and figures detailing quality-of-life issues in the Chicago region? If so, you’ll likely find the answers you need with a new web tool called MetroPulse.

The MetroPulse database includes over one thousand tables of economic, environmental, social, and cultural conditions over time. Users can find figures on land use, educational attainment, civic involvement, housing, employment, and economic prosperity.

The easy-to-use site allows the public to access a vast warehouse of data on the factors that shape quality of life in the seven-county region. For example, you can learn that transit riders make about 2 million public transit trips each weekday or you can see the change in the concentration of air pollutants in the region between 2000 and 2007.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the Chicago Community Trust developed MetroPulse to help local decision making and to track the region's progress in implementing the new GO TO 2040 comprehensive plan.

Check out MetroPulse and get a better handle on our quality of life.