Cycling Year in Review - 2023

Cycling Year in Review - 2023

CDOT has closed out a record year for cycling projects and programming in Chicago. With thanks to our countless community partners and supporters, here are the 2023 highlights at a glance.

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The Chicago Cycling Strategy

In March 2023, CDOT released the Chicago Cycling Strategy, outlining why and how we will build our bike network – at both the neighborhood and citywide scales.


A Record year for bikeways

CTA bus pulled over at curbside stop in red bus only lane with a line of people waiting to board.
50+ miles of bikeways completed
CTA bus stopped at bus stop with a concrete bus boarding island separating the travel lane from green painted bike lane.
27 miles of new and upgraded protected bike lanes
Person crossing street in crosswalk through concrete refuge island.
18 miles of new neighborhood greenways

Coordination & Best Practices

20 MPH Speed Limit sign
Building a "Low-Stress" Network

90% of bikeways projects were designed for low-stress riding on protected bike lanes & greenways

Person riding Divvy bike on street
Improving safety on state routes

Protected bike lane installed on Jackson Boulevard, resulting from interagency coordination


person riding bike waiting at protected intersection
Neighborhood Network Expansion

New bike connections in the works for over 100,000 residents in Little Village, Brighton Park, Gage Park, McKinley Park

Citywide Updates

person riding bike waiting at protected intersection
Website Launch

Sharing information about Complete Streets projects in Chicago

person riding bike waiting at protected intersection
Bike Chicago

1,350 free bikes distributed to residents

person riding bike waiting at protected intersection
Divvy Ridership

6.6 million trips -- a system record

Looking Ahead

CDOT is building on this year's successes to advance new bikeways projects for construction in 2024. Information will be added to our Planned Bike Projects page as locations and timelines take shape. For updates, please visit our site again in Spring 2024.