Talk to the (I)DOT

IDOT is seeking public comment on the Illinois Bike Transportation Plan this Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, from 2–6:30 PM, at James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Chicago. If you can’t make it tomorrow, be sure to contribute via the Webinars or online commenting option for IDOT’s Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program.

Why is this opportunity so important to Uptown? Roads under IDOT jurisdiction (shown in red on the snapshot from IDOT’s Getting Around Illinois map below) cross through Uptown at points heavily used by its most vulnerable residents and visitors: those coming and going to our schools, parks, senior housing, and hospitals, often on foot, bus, or bicycle. And IDOT roads with the most traffic enter and exit from Lake Shore Drive into Uptown’s most dense residential areas. No whether you’re a driver, transit rider, pedestrian, or cyclist, IDOT really needs your perspective on how things look on the ground.
Especially important for drivers and cyclists is that IDOT doesn’t permit protected bike lanes on roads under its jurisdiction. As shown in the People on the Trail report released in May 2013 through the joint effort of Chicago Area Runners Association, Friends of the Park, and Active Transportation Alliance, Uptown is home to the most satisfying parts of the Lakefront Trail north of Roosevelt Road, including the single longest “Good” stretch of the whole lakefront! But the report also showed that the Uptown also hosts 4 of the 5 access points in the entire trail north and south where respondents perceived the most vehicle conflict. In other words, it’s dicey getting on and off the lakefront in Uptown.
These commenting opportunities are a great way to tell IDOT why protected bike lanes are a critical option to have on the table in working up our state mulitmodal menu!
Roads under IDOT jurisdiction, Oct. 9, 2013

About bikeuptown46

I am currently the Communications Director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters which represents 33,000 union men and women in three states who swing a hammer for a living. I publsih a magazine, a couple of email newsletters and two websites. I also do videos, webinars, advertisng and public relations. As an avid cyclist I ride a three-wheeled trike 5 to 6 days per week 52 weeks per year which adds up to between 5,000 and 6,000 miles year-round, including daily commutes along Chicago's lakefront ... polar vortexes included. I have never missed a day of work because of Chicago's weather. I am an activist who serves humanitarian and political causes: To advocate for the Sudanese in Illinois who have fled Southern Sudan and Darfur is one of my most rewarding experiences. I work with my son Sean on Sudan presentations at churches and community groups with my Sudanese friends on the problems facing them in Darfur, South Sudan and the United States. My son Sean and I work together on the Abolition Institute which seeks to end slavery in the west African nation of Mauritania. My photography chronicles Chicago's lakefront through my daily rides. My photo website is I just self-published my first photo-book on the history of my Chicago neighborhood: Sweet Home Buena Park. I live about one-half mile north of Wrigley Field in the Buena Park neighborhood.

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