Streetsblog Chicago Viewpoint: Let’s stop coddling drivers and prioritize building a citywide protected bike lane network

While Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s transportation platform included a goal of building 100 miles of bikeways, including 50 miles of protected bikeways, she hasn’t said much about cycling since she took office. One way she can immediately make a big difference is by severely limiting the influence aldermen have over bike projects in their ward. The day she was inaugurated, Lightfoot signed an executive order supposedly abolishing aldermanic prerogative, the power City Council members have to veto projects in their wards. However, as of November, CDOT hadn’t changed its aldermanic approval protocols.