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by Mark Zalewski
November 16, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Thomas Dekker publishes book recounting Rabobank doping culture; Fewer tests by French anti-doping agency due to budget shortfalls; Ralph Denk: Bora–Hansgrohe more than team Sagan; Greg Van Avermaet has successful surgery; Degenkolb on leaving Giant-Alpecin; LottoNL-Jumbo adds to 2017 roster; Canyon Bicycles – Shimano team goes UCI Continental for 2017; Giant posts lower global sales; Floating bicycle path proposal for Chicago River; Track World Cup Apeldoorn highlights; Greg Lemond documentary; Revolution Champions League.
An idea to build a bicycle path on pontoons in the Chicago River has been ‘floated’ in an effort to create a commuter-friendly bicycle route to provide a north-south route through the city of Chicago.
The RiverRide, a proposal by investor James Price Chuck, is a steel reinforced concrete pontoon that would range between 1.8-3.6 metres wide and run for 10.4km at a cost of $84 million (€78.2 million).
While the proposal has some drawbacks, such as 1.8m being quite narrow for passing cyclists, the local advocacy group Active Transportation Alliance (ATA) published a report to link the idea with the existing cycling and walking trails that already cover 13 miles (20.9km) of the 27 miles (43.5km) of river running within Chicago.
“I appreciate the sense of scepticism from some of the projects that have been proposed elsewhere,” said Jim Merrell of the ATA. “But what’s exciting about the Chicago River trail is that we’re not starting from scratch; it’s really about connecting these existing trails together in a way that’s going to be accessible and useful for everyone in the city of Chicago.”
The plan comes at a time in Chicago that bicycle transportation is increasing, with Bicycling magazine recently naming the city number one of 50 best bicycle cities and the mayor Rahm Emmanuel wanting to make Chicago “the most bike-friendly city in the United States.”
Click through to read more at The Guardian.