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by Anthony Burke Boylan
2:12pm
Wed Jul 9, 2014

Transportation Officials, Chicagoans Discuss Ways To 'Redefine' Lake Shore Drive

North Lake Shore Drive, one of the most iconic stretches of road in America, needs major updates and improvements to accommodate increased use, according to local planning officials. Progress Illinois details the happenings at a meeting held Tuesday to discuss ways to "Redefine The Drive." 

Quick Hit
by Anthony Burke Boylan
5:12pm
Mon Jun 16, 2014

Chicago Bike Week Highlights The City's Growing Love For Biking Over Driving

This year's Chicago Bike Week will be the biggest ever, experts say, thanks to greater public awareness, higher parking meter rates and gas prices, declining car ownership and more biking infrastructure in the city. Chicago Bike Week 2014 kicked off June 13 and runs through June 20.

The number of people biking to work tripled between 2000 and 2012, according to a report by the Active Transportation Alliance, a non-profit organization that encourages alternative transportation. And increasingly bike trips are utilitarian in nature, including trips to grocery stores and other errands, the study showed.

“Chicago’s new biking infrastructure like the new cutting edge bike lanes and Divvy bike sharing program have played an important role in making biking a more welcoming alternative for more people,’’ said Ted Villaire, communications director for the alliance, known as ActiveTrans. “Certainly, strong support from the city of Chicago has made a difference in getting more people to try out biking.’’

Quick Hit
by Anthony Burke Boylan
5:51pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Chicago Neighborhoods, Businesses Look To Encourage Increased Bike Riding With Deals

Leaders in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood are hoping to encourage more bike traffic by having local businesses attract riders with discounts. Anyone interested in learning about the program or offering input can come to a workshop meeting this Tuesday evening.

The program is a continuation of the Lakeview Area Master Plan, a product of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and Special Service Area 27, a body that uses local property taxes for projects beneficial to the neighborhood. The plan, which was launched three years ago, aims to make Lakeview more appealing to shoppers, visitors and residents by making it greener, more bike- and pedestrian-friendly, and adding public art and green spaces.

A bike friendly business district will incorporate discounts at local businesses for riders and improved infrastructure from bike lanes and racks to stations where riders can make minor bike repairs, put air in their tires and fill up water bottles. Businesses that sign up for the program will get branded logo decals to place in their windows informing people of their eligibilty for discounts if they patronize the store and show their bike helmet.

“Biking is good for business,’’ said Heather Way-Kitzes, executive director of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce. “People stay closer to home, they spend more time in the area, they move at slower speeds and have a greater awareness of the businesses around them.

“The faster they pass by, the less likely they are to end up at your cash register.’’