Did You Know?

While the Chicago region’s population grew by 18 percent since 1980, the traffic increased by 66 percent in the same period.

Navy Pier Flyover meeting update

This comes from Greg Valent, a long-time bike community advocate who attended the meeting and provided this update to the Chicago Critical Mass listserv:

This was great! Well thought out, well presented. Bottom line: 1.5 mile bicycle bridge, $42,000,000.00. Feds 80% already guaranteed, once the city comes up with its share. Hope to start work next year, (yeah, right), with a four year construction schedule. It makes the Bloomingdale Trail seem like a bargain The plans and drawings are supposed to be posted on this site soon:

Oh, yeah. They're actually going to dip into the outer drive and take away part of the lane alongside Lake Point Tower. They could have saved a lot of trouble and money by just banning cars from the drive.

– Greg Valent