What's a Bike Grid?

Chicago Could Have 450 Miles of Bike-Prioritized Streets In Near Future.

Monday, September 19

Group of Cyclists demanding a bike grid in Chicago

10% of Chicago streets at 10mph. That's 450 miles of streets, primarily on residential streets. Use temporary infrastructure to slow down traffic for rapid deployment. Followup with more permanent infrastructure, including planters, jersey barriers, traffic diverters, chicanes, curbs, bumpouts, speed humps. To get this we need a couple of things from our elected officials: 1. Sponsor/vote to change llinois State Vehicle Code to allow for 10mph speed limits, current minimum is 20mph. 2. Sponsor/vote to change Chicago Municipal Code to reflect new state code. 3. Sponsor/vote to allow 'Bike Grid Streets' and require CDOT commissioner to designate 450mi of streets as part of the Bike Grid Network. 4. Require CDOT to report rollout of Bike Grid on a monthly basis. CDOT's Shared Streets Program is a great example of how rapid deployment and temporary infrastructure can create meaningful change. The placement of inexpensive, construction barrels, and signage instantly transformed sections of residential streets into low-stress bike and pedestrian facilities. But it can't stop there and we certainly can't let a vocal minority get in the way of a safer, more equitable, healthier, and better city. We will keep jamming till it happens.