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Ald. Solis Announces New Protected Bike Lane at “Bike the 25th Ward” Event

Ald. Danny Solis will participate in the annual Bike the 25th Ward with the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commissioner Gabe Klein this Sunday, September 25, 2011. Ald. Solis hosts this event annually to tour the 25th Ward alongside residents on bicycle. The trail for the event covers 5 miles within the 25th Ward and touches Pilsen, Chinatown, University Village and Little Italy. Registration for the event begins at 9 AM and the ride kicks off at 10 AM at Harrison Park 1824 S. Wood St.

Ald. Danny Solis and Commissioner Klein will also announce that 18th Street, on the city’s southwest side, will receive .55 miles of new protected bicycle lanes from Clinton to Clark Sts. The bicycle lanes will provide a safe route for residents traveling to the 18th St./Halsted Art District, Downtown, and the Lakefront Trail by reducing vehicular travel lanes and adding protected biking lanes.

The new protected bike lane on 18th St. will mirror the one created and successfully implemented on Kinzie St. There are numerous benefits to this protected bike lane project including:

• Increased safety for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists
• Reduce travel lanes to conform with adjacent roadway
• Encourage bicyclists of all ages and ability
• Connect existing bikeways
• Bicycle friendly plates on the 18th St. Bridge
• Provide connection to the Lakefront Trail
• Improve storm grates on bridge

“I am very excited to have these newly piloted protected bike lanes in the 25th Ward. This is a great opportunity to improve the health and safety of our community. The location of the lanes is ideal to connect residents of the ward to the Lakefront, downtown, and Halsted St. art district,” Solis said of the new plans.

Work on the bike lanes is projected to begin in October 2011 with completion anticipated in early November 2011.