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Alliance responds to Bike Lane Announcement


Step aside Chicago the Active Transportation Alliance salutes the City of Evanston this week for announcing plans to install a protected bike lane on Church Street this summer, positioning itself as a national leader for safe streets among suburban communities.

Protected bike lanes use physical barriers or buffers between people riding bikes and motorized traffic to help riders of all ages feel more comfortable on the street. Cities across the country from New York City to Salt Lake City are installing new protected bike lanes, designed with people of all ages and riding abilities in mind, to make biking a safe and easy option for everyone. 

These communities understand that quality of life improvements such as safer streets and better transportation options are good for local businesses and property values. The City of Chicago has also committed to creating a 100-mile network of protected bike lanes by 2015 and has installed two miles to date.

Active Trans is excited to see Evanston step up as a leader in the Chicago region by making its streets safer and providing more transportation choices. Evanston is already a walkable community with great transit and bike infrastructure. The protected bike lane is another community enhancement that will improve the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Evanston.

“The City of Evanston continues its great work of making it better and safer for citizens to get around,” said Barb Cornew, north suburban coordinator for the Active Transportation Alliance. “This downtown protected bike lane will get more Evanston residents biking while making it safer for people who are walking, biking or driving.”

Whether you’re an 8-year-old child or 80-year-old grandmother, Active Trans believes you should be able to ride a bike on your community’s streets without fearing for your safety. Protected bike lanes make streets safer for everyone on the street whether walking, driving or biking by reducing conflicts on the roadway and encouraging more predictable and responsible behavior.

“This proves Evanston’s commitment to becoming a livable city,” said Chris Mailing, owner of Evanston’s Turin Bicycle shop. “Sixty percent of the population will ride a bike to work, school, or transit if it is comfortable and convenient and protected bike lanes go a long way toward that.  They encourage people to shop locally while getting exercise and reducing air pollution.  It’s a win-win for everyone.”

About: The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. The Active Transportation Alliance is North America’s largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by nearly 7,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 40 full-time staff. For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312-427-3325.

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