Tell city officials to build protected bike and bus lanes on Belmont
After signing this petition, set your calendars for a protest and special Bike Jam on Belmont:
Wednesday, September 7 at 5:30p
Fellger Park (Belmont & Damen)
W Belmont Ave between DuSable Lake Shore Drive and Southport is about to be resurfaced starting at the end of August. This is an opportunity to create a street that's safe for people to walk, bike, and transit to the hundreds of businesses, Lakefront Trail, a major L station, daycares, churches, a library, and healthcare on Belmont.
There have been 59 people who walk and bike hit by cars on this stretch of Belmont since 2017.
CDOT's plans, which have yet to be shared with the public, reportedly contain curb extensions at every intersection but only a painted bike lane from Ashland to Clark. The section from Clark to DuSable Lake Shore Drive will have no bike lanes because there's not enough room with all the car parking.
The 77 Belmont is the 8th busiest bus line in Chicago and served almost 3 million passengers last year. There are no bus lanes in the plan to prioritize busloads of people over single occupancy vehicles.
There are 5 Divvy stations along the corridor which served over 27k trips in July. This doesn't include Divvy riders who rode on Belmont but did not start/end their ride there. It also doesn't include people riding their personal bikes.
This resurfacing project provides the perfect opportunity for CDOT to add a protected bike lane on Belmont. We don't know how long we'll have to wait for another opportunity like this to come around, and we don't think we should have to wait to find out. Sign our petition to tell the city now is the time to build protected bike and bus lanes on Belmont.