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

Take action for 30 miles of bus lanes and masks for riders

As the Mayor and City Council develop the 2021 Chicago city budget, we urge them to work with the Chicago Transit Authority and Chicago Department of Transportation to:

– Roll out 10 miles of bus lanes before the end of 2020 as part of the city’s COVID-19 response

– Fund and build out 20 additional miles by the end of 2021

– Provide masks for all transit riders

 

Take action NOW to demand 30 new miles of bus lanes and masks for all transit riders! 

We need bus lanes to keep bus trips as fast and reliable as possible and connect people to jobs, healthcare, food, and family.

Buses are often slow and unreliable due to getting stuck in traffic and capacity limits. The city of Chicago has fewer than 7 miles of bus lanes, compared to New York City’s approximately 80 miles and Los Angeles’ 40 miles.

With universal masking, we can help keep transit safe. The city could install mask dispensers on buses and trains and expand its existing program to give away “Travel Healthy Kits” at busy stops and stations.

This is a matter of racial equity as transit riders are disproportionately Black and Brown. Data shows South and West Sides residents are riding at much higher rates than the rest of the city.

Take action NOW to demand 30 new miles of bus lanes and masks for all transit riders! 

 

Photo credit: Chicago Department of Transportation