The protected lane is in Downtown Chicago.
The benefits of bicycles and bicycle lanes are not just convenience and respect, they are a necessity. They enable cyclists to ride separately from cars so that they can avoid deadly collisions.
Biking is often the cheapest and the fastest way to travel in a city. It’s also been declared the most efficient mode of transportation.
Unfortunately, it is not taken very seriously as a solution to climate change by most people, even though it is the most economical, space-efficient, and greenest mode of transportation. Beyond the obvious issue of climate change, this also helps to address congestion, which causes traffic in large cities such as London and New York City to slow to a crawl (at great economic consequence) and create a lot of air pollution.
Formerly slower modes of transportation such as cycling are now faster than cars in such cities. In all seriousness, what good is the high speed of cars if you have to crawl all the time?
Bikes take up far less space than automobiles, even less parking space. In cities where each square foot of pavement is worth a fortune, this really adds up.
Bicycles, as well as trains and buses, are all part of the solution to reducing congestion, pollutants, and CO2 emissions, as well as transportation spending. All economies can benefit from saving money, especially if it is tens of thousands of dollars per person. It’s good to see Chicago taking this mode of transport seriously and creating its first two-way bike lane.