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bikeway lane expansion program Chicago Deaprtment of Transportation

CDOT Advances Biggest Bike Lane Expansion in City History

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) said Wednesday that it is in the midst of the biggest bike lane expansion in the City’s history, due to targeted investments from Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot’s Chicago Works capital plan. With a total of $17 million in new funding this year and next, CDOT is installing 100 miles of new and upgraded bike lanes.  

CDOT Commissioner Gia Biagi made the announcement at the location of new protected bike lane on 119th Street on the South Side. Biagi also released a blueprint for building more bikeways that puts an emphasis on community-led planning and connected neighborhood networks.   

“There is no one-size-fits-all approach to growing our bike network,” said Biagi. “Every neighborhood has different opportunities, challenges, and perceptions of biking. This means different strategies are required for different neighborhoods.”  

CDOT said bike use in Chicago nearly doubled between the Great Recession and the pandemic. 

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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