Progress Doesn’t Have to Be Slow

How long does it take to significantly improve a city? A year? A decade?

According to Streetsblog, in Chicago the answer apparently is 18 months:

Who would have thunk it just two years ago: Portland, Seattle — even some New York City residents — jealous of Chicago’s cutting-edge bike infrastructure.

But here we sit, roughly a year and a half into Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first term, and the city of Chicago has a protected, bi-directional bike lane running directly through the heart of its downtown. Bike advocates from major cities are taking notice.

Chicago still has a lot of room for progress, but the point here is that in an incredibly short amount of time it’s improving by leaps and bounds.

I know I’m used to thinking of progress happening at a glacial pace. I often hate it, but I’ve just sort of understood that that’s they way it goes. However, Chicago proves that improvement can happen quickly. And if that much bigger, more complex city can do it, Provo also should be able to pick up the pace.

Provo is gradually improving bike infrastructure, but Chicago is doing it much more quickly.


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One response to “Progress Doesn’t Have to Be Slow

  1. There’s a Provo connection: one of the firms that CDOT hired for Chicago’s Streets for Cycling 2020 plan also put together Provo’s Bicycle Master Plan earlier this year. Hopefully the city doesn’t wait to long to start implementing some of the recommendations.

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