Commutes may get crowded with warmer temps - FOX 32 News Chicago

Commutes may get crowded with warmer temps

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago is starting to emerge out of its deep freeze but that also means streets will be slushy. That could be messy for people who decide to ride their bikes.

The temperatures have finally moderated, so cyclists are returning to the streets but for some, the commute can be a wet, slushy mess. Milwaukee Avenue at Chicago and Elston is the busiest bike route and 20,000 automobiles travel the street every day.

Riders say it's the best part of their day, even when temperatures dip below zero. They recommend snow goggles, a neckwarmer and shoe covers for wintry weather.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants the city to have 100 miles of protected bike routes. The lanes are plowed by the Department of Transportation.

Cyclist Joe Dietz says he rode his bike Monday, during the snowstorm and found that since traffic had slowed down considerably, his bike commute was a little easier.

Jason Vandeneng says his bike has winter tires and a disc brake that helps in all weather conditions. He says during the cold and snow, motorists have been giving him and his bike a little more room.

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