Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Park District announced hedge fund manager Ken Griffin donated $12 million to the city to create separated paths for people biking and people on foot along the full length of Chicago’s Lakefront Trail.
The Mayor of Chicago had announced in March that the trail would be widened and split into separate lanes on two of the most congested segments on the South and North Sides, while planning for separation on other segments. The city said Griffin’s donation will allow the Park District to complete separation along the full 18-mile trail in 2018.
The asphalt bike trail will be 12 feet wide, while the pedestrian trail will be 20 feet wide with 14 feet of asphalt and 6 feet of soft surface mix on either side, officials said.
This year’s progress comes after decades of trail advocacy by Active Trans and their community partners. Since 2014, Active Trans has been providing advice and recommendations to the Park District on how to ease congestion and conflicts on the trail, with a focus on creating separate trails.
Lakefront Trail congestion is one of the most common concerns Active Trans hears about, and the public overwhelmingly wants people on bikes and on foot to have separate trails.
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