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Nearly five children are hit by people driving every day in Illinois while walking or biking within one block of a school.

Protected bike lanes in the Loop gaining steam

Thank you to everyone who has signed the petition in support of protected bike lanes in the Loop. With your help, we just passed the one-week mark and we’ve already collected over 2,250 signatures. Let’s keep up the momentum!

As a grassroots movement, our voice only grows stronger if people like you tell your friends, and your friends tell their friends, and so on. That’s how we’ll win better bikeways. Help us get to 5,000 signatures by continuing to spread the word!

Share your story

Carrie wants protected bike lanes in the Loop to extend the zone of safety” she experiences on Kinzie Street. Send her video to your friends and family along with your own story and a link to our petition: http://tinyurl.com/LoopBikeway

Carrie: Extend the Zone of Safety! from Active Trans on Vimeo.

Join us for a Loop Bikeway Volunteer Night Aug. 30

Volunteer to help us grow the campaign by chalking bike lanes downtown and collecting petition signatures before a Millennium Park concert. It’ll be a fun time hitting the streets and engaging the public! Join us Thur., Aug. 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m., starting at Active Trans' office (9 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 402) before heading out to Millennium Park and downtown streets. Please RSVP to lee@activetrans.org.

What supporters are saying

We’ve been reading your comments from the Loop protected bike lane petition about why protected bike lanes in the Loop are important to you. Here are some highlights:

“As a senior citizen, I have grown wary of biking anywhere near congested areas. I used to do this a lot when I was younger, and now that I'm on Social Security I need this low-cost, healthful form of transportation even more. I would love to be able to make use of these safer pathways.”

“Many of my employees bike to work. In the year that I have worked downtown 3 have been hit by cars not yielding to bikes. This is absolutely necessary!”

“My husband commutes to work via bike everyday. I would like to not worry about him so much. I also believe that the more bike friendly our city, the less congestion all commuters will have to deal with.”

“I would like to ride to work, but the rush hour traffic in the loop is too daunting. I would use the protected bike lanes.”

“The Loop is a scary place to ride. I avoid it. Protected bike lanes would make me feel safe to ride downtown.”

“I would ride my bike downtown, getting exercise and reducing congestion, if more protected bike lanes were there.”

“I'm an avid cyclist, but I avoid the Loop because it is one of the most dangerous places in the city to bike. Please help make the Loop more accessible to cyclists and all residents of Chicago.”

Tell us why protected bike lanes in the Loop are important to you when you sign our petition.