Chicago Named One of the Most “Bikeable” Cities

December 31, 2012

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Interested in moving to Chicago but don’t want the hassle of owning a car? Then you’re in luck! Chicago recently ranked as fourth on WalkScore’s “walkability” list, and now the city has ranked as a most “bikeable” city, too.

Chicago ranked as number ten on the “bikeability” list with a bike score of 62. BikeScore gives cities a ranking on a scale of 0-100 based on destinations and road connectivity, the number of bike commuters, the availability of bike infrastructure and the hilliness of the area.

Chicago has also been doing more to accommodate bikers. Earlier this month, the city installed its first two-way bike route that also includes dedicated traffic signals. The lane is a 1.15 mile stretch on Dearborn Parkway between Polk Street and Kinzie Street, and includes a parking lane and a ‘buffer’ lane that separates bicyclists and moving traffic.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel believes that these bike lanes will benefit the city’s economy by encouraging more entrepreneurs and start-up business owners to move to the area, as many of these workers enjoy living a car-free, urban lifestyle.

Is biking a part of your daily commute? Then you may want to download a City of Chicago Bike Map on the City of Chicago website.


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