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Clybourn Ave: Protected Bike Lane Construction Begins Today

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City cyclists, rejoice. Construction of protected bicycle lanes on Clybourn Avenue begins today.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the result will be a raised concrete median between bikes and motorized vehicles along Clybourn between North Avenue and Division Street, and on Division between Clybourn and Orleans Street.

The project will be completed in early August, with daily, intermittent lane closures required.

Chicago is becoming friendlier to those not riding on four wheels, as this comes on the heels of the "green wave" on Wells Street between Huron Street and Wacker Drive. In essence, this project synchronizes traffic signals at a preset speed to allow uninterrupted flow for bicycling commuters with less stop-and-go at red lights for drivers.

Officials said they expect the changes will result in increased compliance with red lights.

According to the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), bicyclists represent up to 38 percent of all traffic during morning rush periods, and Wells was a prime candidate for safety improvements because of 362 vehicle-bicycle crashes from 2009 to 2013.

The goal? More than 90 miles of both types of lanes have opened thus far, according to CDOT.

·Clybourn Avenue protected bike lanes coming as construction begins Monday4 [Chicago Tribune]