Andrew Kass, founding partner for bike accident firm BikeAccidentAdvice, was quoted in a recent Sun Times article outlining the new bicycle paths and improvement of old paths around the Chicago area. In the near future, these paths will be accessible thanks to funding from federal transportation enhancement grants. As a top bicycle accident lawyer based in Chicago and an avid cyclist who bikes to work everyday, Andrew was quoted as an authoritative voice on the need for connecting paths between trails. With the current disconnection between many of the existing and deteriorating paths, cyclists must travel either on busy streets without bike lanes or endanger pedestrians by riding on the sidewalk to ensure their own safety. The need for paths is there, and for now, there is funding–although it may not last long. The burden may soon be again on fund-challenged local governments making the new construction all that much more important.
And with this new influx of funding, Illinois cracked the top ten for most bike-friendly states, coming in at number nine, as judged by The League of American Bicyclists. And that spells good news for cyclists and supporters of green transportation. With more paths accessible and a larger network, one that could eventually reach through Indiana to Michigan, these trails hope to lead to a new golden age for bicycle transportation. More connecting trails, fewer potholes, and a generally more attractive network of trails should encourage everyone to hop on a bike and experience cycling’s rewards. By providing more places to go, safely, and better ways to get there, the Illinois Department of Transportation, along with the city-wide Divvy Bike project, has announced its dedication to an old technology as the transportation for the future. We hope people can get behind these initiatives by choosing to ride whenever possible.
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