Two Grid Chicago Bike Lane Correspondents have sent photos and videos that show the few-days old construction of a protected bike lane on 18th Street between Clark and Canal Streets, a half-mile stretch between South Loop/Chinatown and Pilsen. It’s in the very early stages of construction and it looks to have a design very similar to existing Kinzie Street and fellow, in-progress cycle track, Jackson Boulevard. As we noted before, plates to cover the open metal grate bridge will come in 2012.
Looking east on 18th Street towards Canal Street, you can see how the bike lane begins without a buffer (but is still wide) and then a buffer forms. Photo by Bill Vassilakis.
Crosses likely mark the location of flexible delineators (bollards). Photo by Tiffany Paige.
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Update on Jackson protected bike lane
From October 7, 2011, to November 3, 2011, there has been no update to the Jackson Boulevard protected bike lane aside from the addition of green treatments at the intersection with the Malcolm X College parking lot and the “right turn box” at Jackson Boulevard and Wood Street (see video). I haven’t returned since November 3, and I’ve not received any tips from readers since then about any construction progress. I emailed CDOT seven days ago asking them about this inactive period and haven’t received a response.
Clips in this video preview of the Jackson Boulevard PBL were filmed on October 7 and November 3 by myself and Brandon Gobel. Here’s a link to the video in case it doesn’t display. At the end of the video you see a “right turn box” – from the video it appears very awkward to use, but that might also be the way I recorded the video and how I waited for the driver in the black Jeep to move before I used it. What I’d like to see implemented on a future protected bike lane in Chicago (not necessarily at this location) is a protected turn lane, like this one at Church and Massachusetts in Boston, Massachusetts:
Photo by kingdufus.
The last layer of asphalt was added to Elston Avenue in the resurfacing project between North and Milwaukee Avenues. I expect that protected bike lane construction between North Avenue and Augusta Boulevard will begin any day now.
Updated 19:20 to add discussion and photo about the “right turn box” seen in the Jackson Boulevard protected bike lane video.