City’s first protected bike lanes open on Dearborn

Mayor Emanuel’s vow to make Chicago one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world gets a major test Thursday.

Two-way protected bike lanes, complete with traffic signals for bike riders to obey, are opening in the heart of the city’s central business district.

The lanes are on Dearborn Street between Kinzie and Polk Streets.

The project, which cost $450,000, covers about 12 blocks of a heavily congested traffic area.

The mayor wants to install 100-miles of protected bike lanes across the city by 2015, and 100-miles by 2020.

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