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Civic group looks to make some Chicago streets car-free

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

If you commute in Chicago, you either love bike lanes or hate them. They're showing up on all sides of the city. The Active Transportation Alliance wants to make some areas of city streets car-free.

The Active Transportation Alliance is looking to shut down parts of 20 different Chicago streets and has already submitted a list of the areas to Chicago's Department of Transportation.

The civic group said the change would promote walking and make the city even more bike-friendly, which was one of Mayor Emanuel's objectives for the city when he was elected.

The downtown area of Clark Street is one example. The group would like to see a protected bike land between River North and the South Loop, along with landscaped seating.

Hyde Park resident Fred Christie told FOX 32 News bikes can detract from business. He said the lanes great for the city and the environment, but riders can slow things down at times and cause some to avoid busy bike areas.

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