Cycling in the city of Chicago has been growing over the years. To accommodate such an important activity that is both physically and environmentally friendly, the city over the years has initiated regulations that not only protect biking and cyclists, but also help in promoting, growing and sustaining it in a positive way. Through the Mayor’s office in conjunction with Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) the regulations covered in the Municipal Code of Chicago which outline both Pedestrians and Cyclists safety laws that are currently being enforced therefore helping them understand the rules and their rights as road users. According to Chicago Department of Transportation, “Enforcement is a necessary reminder that traffic laws are a social compact with one another that can keep our entire community safe. CDOT is committed to working with partner agencies to refocus enforcement efforts to protect the safety of all users, particularly the most vulnerable”.
This is an example of a regional/localized initiative that can be tracked ,measured and analyzed as it grows hence tying and interesting with the national sustainable development agenda coined “livability” which keeps track of sustainable communities through several agencies i.e. U.S Department of Housing, and Development, Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency (Office of Sustainable Communities) . Federal and local governments understand the need to promote and sustain such a personal activity because they also understand the utilitarianism it brings when people try to solve personal and collective problems. Cycling is a generally healthy activity, it helps ease auto congestion especially in large cities, and it is environmentally friendly …multiple layers choices, concerns and issues that are personal and also global.
-City Of Chicago: Environment/Programs and Initiatives-Chicago Deportment of Transportation (CDOT)
-“Measuring U.S Sustainable Urban Development”. E. L Birch, A.Lynch, S.Andreason, T . Eisenman, J .Robinson and K. Steif. September 2011.
-Chris Martenson – Peak Prosperity “ A Quiet Revolution in Bicycles : http://www.peakprosperity.com/quiet-revolution-bicycles-recapturing-role-utilitarian-people-movers-part-ii