City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz this morning said Evanston has been awarded a $480,000 federal grant to create a protected bike lane on Dodge Avenue from Church to Howard streets.

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program grants here are administered by the State of Illinois.

Bobkiewicz says the project will ensure that residents and visitors of all ages can bike along a “comfortable corridor” on Dodge from Howard Street to Church and then to downtown via Church and Davis.

The design for the route will be completed over the winter and the target completion date will be before school starts at the high school next fall.

Bobkiewicz thanked Public Works Director Robinson and her staff for their efforts to secure the grant.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Just because it is federal

    Just because it is federal money it doesn't mean it doesn't cost us anything. We are paying more taxes or paying interest to China. We don't need to except Federal or State grants for for everything that comes along. If we had a grant for replacing our water storage tank that would be good for a few hundred thousand people in other towns but another bike lane.

    I know that if Evanston turned down the grant some other community would jump up and take it. In this case, it would make Evanston the better community.

    All grants should be made for dire needs, not for the nice to haves. Otherwise. the money given is just being used to by votes with taxpayer money. Who is it this time; the governor, state senator, state representative, congressperson, senator,state representative, congressperson, senator, or president?

  2. Bike Grant

    Money well spent, although the East sidewalk from about Washington to Howard is extra wide. One would think that the city could utilize this route…which is even further from auto traffic and thus safer…. It does need to be repaved in some spots…which is another issue…. A lot of people ride on Dodge.. a lot of people drive way too fast… set up speed cameras and the city will have an upgrades paid for in a year!

    1. Bike lane

      Sam you must be driving down Dodge so fast that you haven't noticed that there are already bike lanes on Dodge.  No need to remove the east sidewalk as you imply. Just use what's there.

      1. No implication

        Never implied that the City should remove the large sidewalk to the east…To the contrary, I suggested that the city consider repurposing the wide sidewalk as opposed to creating a dedicated, "protected" bike lane. Either way, I'm all for it. For the record, I've lived less than a half block from Dodge where I ride my bike often, thanks to the bike lane. I don't drive fast on Dodge. I prefer to do that on Ridge where there are no bikes!

    2. Sidewalk ridng for cyclists

      Riding on the side walkis almost twice (1.8x) as dangerous as riding in the street with traffic. Riding on the sidewalk going against traffic is more than 5 times (5.3x) as risky as riding with traffic.

      Pedestrians tend to be very random in their movements can change direction quicker than most cyclist can respond. Besides sidwalk riding is against the law.

      1. While I’m sure your stats are

        While I'm sure your stats are valid, much of the sidewalk on the West side of Dodge between Howard and Church looks to be almost twice as wide as the "standard" sidewalk (where bikes should not travel, for the most part). I do not have stats, but my gut estimate is that far more people ride along Dodge (in the street) than walk on the sidewalk. My point is that the further you put bike riders from cars the better off the bike rider. Too many clueless "cagers" out there…I've lost count on the close calls I've had on my bike in recent years.

  3. Bikes on Sidewalk law mis-quoted

    "City of Evanston Municipal Code require that bicycles be walked on the sidewalk in business districts or ridden on the street with traffic flow.

    The Chicago Avenue corridor between Clark Street and Davis Street in downtown Evanston has been chosen as the pilot area. The program includes mounted traffic signs, sidewalk stencils at curb ramps, posters and police enforcement."

    Anyway the police don't enforce it even in the Clark-Davis area.  I've seen policemen sit in their cars on Clark I assume told to watch for bikes, and let them speed past and not say anything.  When the issue of the bikes there was brought up several years ago, for two days the police stopped rider—but nothing since.

    Thus no one pays attention to the law—no matter in that zone or where residents "assume" [incorrectly] it applies.

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