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National report spotlights Chicago businesses that love protected bike lanes

Last week, People for Bikes and Alliance for Walking & Biking issued a great new report, Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business, and the voices of Chicago businesses are featured prominently./

The report offers the best compilation to date of facts, figures and stories that showcase the economic impact that protected bike lanes are making in cities across the U.S.

Specifically, the document highlights four key ways protected bike lanes are influencing the bottom line of all kinds of businesses: increasing real estate values, attracting talented residents, improving employee health and boosting retail traffic.

In addition to sharing key stats and research findings, the report also features the voices of real-world business owners telling their stories of how protected bike lanes are helping to boost their bottom line.

Here’s a breakdown of the Chicagoans that feature prominently in the report:

  • Jeff Judge, CEO of Signal, a tech start-up that develops marketing software for small businesses, says Chicago’s recent work to build its network of protected bike lanes helps enterprises like his attract the talented people they need to be successful.
  • Karen Bean, of the Field Museum, and Cheryl Zalenski, of the American Bar Association, both share their experiences on how the health benefits of cycling helps to make them better employees.
  • Chris Dunstatter, owner of 694 Wine & Spirits on Milwaukee Ave. in West Town, says the increased bike traffic in front of his business has been a boon as it brings more traffic at a slower rate by.

Read the full report online at People for Bikes website.