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A bike-industry activist group has named Evanston’s just-completed Sheridan Road bikeway the seventh best new bikeway in America this year.

People for Bikes, a foundation funded by bike manufacturers and retailers, says the two-mile-long protected bike lane project in Evanston connects the major east-west bike lanes in downtown Evanston to the Village of Wilmettes’ bike lane system “filling a major gap in the transportation system.”

It also praises the project for improving pedestrian safety by narrowing crossing distances and providing significantly better accommodations for buses.

It says the project “provides a safe corridor for the 10,000 pedestrians, 1,000 cyclists and 18,000 cars that use it daily.”

Other cities with winning bike lane projects included New York, Chicago, Minneapolis and Seattle as well as Memphis, Tennesseee; Sacramento, Calfornia; Fort Collins, Colorado, and Vancouver and Victoria British Columbia.

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Mayor cuts ribbon for Sheridan Road project (11/20/18)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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