November 13 2016
Four to seven mile long car-free park could make navigating the city faster and safer
A Chicago entrepreneur is in discussions with the city government to build an all-weather floating river bike lane four to seven miles long.
“If you look at photographs of Chicago a hundred years ago, you couldn’t throw a penny in the river without it landing on the deck of a boat or a barge. Now we’re not using the river at all,” said James Chuck, co-founder of the design-oriented infrastructure company Second Shore.
His invention, RiverRide, would see a covered, floating cycle lane installed along the Chicago river, connected to public parks and existing bike lanes.
Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, issued a challenge to his electorate to make Chicago the most “bike-friendly city” in the US.