People ride their bikes across the point at which Milwaukee Avenue was measured to have a mode share of 22% bicycles.
These are important to mention because they will be shared again and again. While nothing was inaccurate, there was definitely space to clarify and expand. Original article.
1. “[Gabe] Klein hopes the percentage of trips taken by bike will rise from under 2 percent to 5 percent”
The percentage of “trips taken by bike” (for any purpose) is not known. We only know the percentage of trips taken by bike to work, and it stands at 1.4% right now.
The goal of the Bike 2015 Plan is to have 5 percent of all trips under 5 miles be by bike. But we won’t know when we achieve that because we lack baseline data: no survey collects the data on trips by bike for all purposes and categorizes them by distance – there was a household travel survey in 2007-2008 from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), but only for counties and not Chicago. I have written many times before about the “missing data” and baseline data problem: One, two, three, four.
2. [percentage of trips taken by bike] “it’s already 22 percent at rush hour on Milwaukee Avenue”
This is only true at a single point on this very long street, and that point is at 640 N Milwaukee Avenue, not in the hipster neighborhoods of Wicker Park and Logan Square, where, to my knowledge, mode share has not been recently measured. The measurement was taken in September 2009.
3. “But both [Gabe] Klein and bike advocates said the city will have to proceed with care and lots of outreach to avoid the kind of pedestrian and driver backlash seen in New York”
Such outreach hasn’t made itself evident yet. For the protected bike lanes, the City has stated it has talked to businesses along the routes. But it has not talked to residents nor engaged the public in planning meetings or design charrettes.
The backlash in New York City the author refers to is about a two-way, protected bike lane on Prospect Park West.
4. “Protected paths, as well as [Rahm] Emanuel’s plans for a new vertical park for cyclists and pedestrians on an old railroad bed”
The Bloomingdale Trail is not a plan by Mayor Emanuel, but by a group of residents who organized themselves into Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail; however he has committed to finishing the project in his first term and it progresses. It’s an above-ground horizontal park.
The Bloomingdale Trail is on one plane.
I think that author Mary Wisniewski knows all of these things, though, as she wrote about them for the Chicago Sun-Times.