Active Trans Announces New Protected Bike Lane in Evanston

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The City of Evanston’s new protected bike lane on Dodge Avenue is open, according to a press release from the Active Transportation Alliance Wednesday.

The bike lane runs from Howard Street to Lake Street, and connects Evanston Township High School to the Church and Davis St. bike lanes.

Beginning on June 20, the project consisted of removing existing pavement markings; restriping the roadway to build a protected bike lane using thermoplastic pavement markings; and the installation of protective bollards.

“Protected bike lanes add much needed safety and comfort for cyclists by using a physical barrier to separate cars and bikes and create an experience similar to riding on an off-street trail,” the press release states.

On Thursday, the City of Evanston and Active Trans will host an introductory bike ride, to review the bike lane’s design and demonstrate how to use the lanes safely to riders. The ride will begin at 6:45 p.m. at the Church St. and Dodge Ave. Divvy Station.

 

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Holly’s running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several shorter distance races and two half marathons. Her goal for 2017 is to try a triathlon, and eventually do the Chicago Marathon. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism.

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