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CDOT Complete Streets czar David Smith discusses new projects at ATA Advocacy Connect session

During the Q & A, Smith responded to the question, "What cities in the U.S. and around the world does CDOT use as inspiration for what you want our streets to look like?"

May 20, 2024

CDOT is extending Avondale’s popular Belmont protected bike lanes west to Milwaukee

New PBLs, crosswalks, sidewalk extensions, and island bus stops will be installed on a 0.6-mile stretch of Belmont between Milwaukee and Kimball.

May 17, 2024

At Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Committee hearing, CDOT reports that bike infra construction, encouragement is shifting into high gear

Bike and pedestrian program czar Dave Smith discussed the agency’s strategy for improving bikeways and encouraging more people to ride. 

January 11, 2024

Fifth and Final Day of SBC’s Bike Lane Week: Near Northwest Side, Far West Side, Near West Side, Near North Side

I have ridden a heck of a lot of bike lanes, and had the pleasure of visiting many of our city's diverse neighborhoods.

December 9, 2023

2 months after I suggested CDOT simplify their bike map, I mapped 2023 projects myself. 1 week later CDOT released a simplified map.

Streetsblog created a version of the CDOT bikeway map that only shows bikeways that were constructed in 2023, with an easier-to-understand color scheme.

November 20, 2023

CDOT Complete Streets director David Smith: 2023 was Chicago’s busiest bikeway installation year ever

Streetsblog recently caught up with Smith for a recap of what bike infrastructure, much of it protected lanes, was built in our city this year.

November 1, 2023

At Chicago Mobility Collaborative meeting in Belmont Cragin, CDOT says 2023 has been a big year for walk/bike/transit

"2023 has been a really incredible year in Chicago when it comes to complete streets and safe streets infrastructure," said David Smith, Complete Streets director.

September 15, 2023