CDOT is building a Neighborhood Bike Network in South Lawndale, including the Little Village and Marshall Square neighborhoods! A Neighborhood Bike Network is a series of connected bike routes which allow neighbors to easily get to all the places they want and need to go by bike. A well-connected network not only provides connections within a neighborhood, but also connects surrounding neighborhoods to one another. A connected network of bikeways can improve the accessibility, safety, public health, and overall quality of life for communities across Chicago.
In 2022 and 2023, CDOT will focus on installing a Quick-Build Network of projects which can be installed immediately. Then in the following years we will continue the conversation and install longer-term projects.
This effort is for South Lawndale, to meet the needs of South Lawndale, and therefore should come from South Lawndale.
The Neighborhood Bike Network will be developed through collaboration with the community, including a Taskforce of community leaders to help guide this process. The Taskforce will:
- Facilitate discussion on the role that transportation plays in South Lawndale
- Identify the important destinations, connections, and barriers to moving around your neighborhood
- Identify opportunities to implement a Quick-Build Network of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure beginning in 2022
- Spread the word about this initiative and discuss the benefits of biking with neighbors