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

Skokie trail to offer new transportation option

After gathering feedback from local residents, Skokie takes a step closer to building a multi-use path between Oakton Avenue and Dempster Street, just west of the Skokie Swift tracks. The walking and biking path is scheduled to be built this summer along abandoned railroad lines.

The one-mile path is envisioned for both commuting and recreational uses and will be connected to the Skokie Swift Station and the Illinois Science and Technology Center.

The plan for the trail project was formally presented to the Skokie Village Board last night. Several different areas are envisioned along the path. In one area where the path runs alongside industrial buildings, planners suggested installing murals and tall trees. As the path runs through a residential area, the trail environment will resemble a suburban park. The entrance to the path will include masonry seat walls, bus shelters, overhead signs, prairie plants and trees.

Village officials and local residents said the project will offer a host of benefits such as beautification and new options for exercise and transportation for village residents.

Check out these snazzy drawings of the proposed path.