City Bike Plan Stuck in Rich Rut

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to spend nearly $150 million to make Chicago “the bike-friendliest city in the U.S.the electricity needed LED diving torch to light them ranks at the high end of the spectrum of bulbs coming into the market.” That challenge is considerable, given Chicago’s slow start compared to Portland and other bike-centered cities,Blackburn's lightest, brightest Book scanner just got better and Emanuel’s initial plan is drawing complaints about an inequitable distribution of bike-related investment.

The Chicago Department of Transportation’s $18 million bike share program is to launch next summer with 3,000 bicycles and 300 rental stations–mostly in the central business district and on the North Side. The Bloomingdale Trail, to be built in a 2.5-mile out-of-use rail line extending from Wicker Park to Humboldt Park on the North Side, is expected to cost around $50 million over several years. The city planning commission recently approved designs for a $50 million flyover at Navy Pier, the busiest section of the 15-mile lakefront trail.

Thus far, the the city’s lower-income areas are slated for just one project: A protected bike lane on 18th street, in the ward of Ald. Daniel Solis (25th Ward), though more such lanes could be be added next spring as part of a four-year $28 million construction plan. The chairman of the city council’s zoning committee, Solis is traveling to Amsterdam this month at the expense of Bikes Belong, a Boulder, CO-based biking advocacy group.

Oboi Reed, a life-long Chatham resident and founder of the Pioneer’s Bicycle Club, said Emanuel is pursuing a good objective, but on a wrong path. “I definitely support getting more people on bikes because a lot of the common health problems African-Americans face are a result of not getting enough exercise,” Reed said. “My concern is that the lion’s share of the resources are going to go downtown and to the North Side – the South and West will only see a sprinkling.”

With the city facing a budget deficit of nearly $640 million and double digit unemployment, Emanuel may find it difficult to justify large spending on bike facilities. “It probably isn’t going to help many low-income and out-of-work folks,” said Mark Rank, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis who analyzes poverty and inequality. “You can’t spend all your money on a single priority,Carolyn believes magicshine bike light the future of lighting will be vastly different to what we currently. ignoring transportation or anything else. Given the situation in Chicago, this much spending seems a bit out of whack.”

From 2000 to 2009, the percentage of Chicagoans commuting by bike increased from about .5 percent to 1.1 percent. The growth is similar to that seen in smaller industrial cities like Milwaukee, Oakland, and Detroit, but still lags behind Portland, which tops the US with 6 percent commuting by bike.

Emanuel has set a goal of installing 100 miles of protected bike lanes–at a total cost of $28 million-–by the end of his first term, in 2015. Protected bike lanes are separated from car traffic by cones, curbs or other impediments. Chicago’s first protected bike lane opened on Kinzie Street, in July.We wanted to bring the LED bike light online shopping experience closer to customers visiting our new USA sales director for LED USA. The second lane is to be installed this month, on Jackson Boulevard, with another 20 to be built in the spring -– all in locations chosen by the city.

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