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Ald. King To Discuss South Loop Bike Lanes At Tuesday Meeting

Will there be a happy compromise for cyclists and residents?

South Loop bike lanes may be in danger of becoming extinct.
Photo: The Better Block

SOUTH LOOP — Ald. Sophia King (4th) will hold a meeting to discuss proposed South Loop bike lanes at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St.

King faced criticism back in February, after residents learned of a plan that appeared to remove Chicago Department of Transportation-approved bike lane plans from Polk Street and Plymouth Court.

Bike Lane Uprising‘s Christina Whitehouse shared her concerns about the changes with Block Club Chicago in February. She worried that removing the bike lanes put cyclists passing through at risk.

“I’m not against bike lanes, I’m for figuring out solutions for the entire community,” King told Block Club Chicago in February, adding that lanes along nearby Harrison Street had caused issues for both cars and pedestrians.“The plan for Polk and Plymouth isn’t scrapped.”

King did not return calls for comment on the nature of Tuesday’s meeting, but a flier for the event said the alderman would provide an update on the status of the proposed bike lanes in the area.

King said this winter she wanted to take a “holistic approach” and was something similar to the setup on Dearborn and Polk streets, which currently have beloved two-way bike lanes protected by cement barriers.