Chicago Looking to Create Its First Bike Boulevard

A friend in Chicago brought this to my attention. I’m not sure if this means they have no bike lanes in Chicago, which I doubt but will have to confirm with my friend. And of course they reference Portland as an example of how these work.

According to

Bicycle boulevards are low-volume streets that have been optimized for bicycle travel through traffic calming and diversion, signage and pavement markings, and intersection crossing treatments. Bicycle boulevards are shared roadway facilities that, when correctly implemented, are comfortable and attractive to cyclists with a wide range of abilities and ages but are inconvenient as through routes for automobiles. Cities with extensive bicycle boulevard networks include Berkeley, California; Eugene and Portland, Oregon; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

And this weekend is the Pedal Nation Events Bicycle Show at the Oregon Convention Center. Take MAX if you can, there’s road construction on the way.

Some of the events include:

  • Women’s Bicycle Mechanics Workshop & Flat Repair seminar with Tori Bortman of Gracie’s Wrench
  • Dual Stunt Race by NW School of Freeride
  • “Little Nutty” Kid Zone sponsored by Little Nutty Nutcase Helmets and Early Rider bikes
  • Urban Bicycle Fashion Show at 3pm on Saturday and Sunday
  • Gold Sprint Races
  • Pimp’d Bike Contest
  • Speakers Include:
    • Willie Weir, Presenting on Cycling Beyond the Headlines
    • Mia Birk, Author of Joyride: Empowering People & Transforming Communities One Pedal Stroke at a Time
    • Joe Kurmaskie, Author of Mud Sweat and Gears
    • Anna Laxague, I.M.B.A. NW Region Director
    • Jeff Smith, Pdx Transportation Options – Bicycle Coordinator

About D. D. Syrdal

Writer of vampire stories and science fiction. First novel, "Revenants Abroad", available now at Amazon,,, Smashwords. If you like a vampire you can go out drinking with and still respect yourself in the morning, I think you'd like Andrej.
This entry was posted in bicycling, bike commuting, biking safety, Green Living and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s