The eastbound bike lane begins at this bus stop at Cottage Grove Avenue.
Erik Swedlund shares these photos taken Wednesday and today of construction on 55th Street between Cottage Grove Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue.
Room for the cycle track is made possible by removing a travel lane in each direction. Elements of this project that are different from previous bike lane projects in Chicago are the mixed traffic areas for right-turn lanes and bus stops.
At Drexel Avenue, buses will merge into the cycle track to pick up and drop off passengers.
At Ellis Avenue, right turning drivers will share the bike lane with people cycling through the intersection.
We asked at a public meeting in April about the project if concrete bus stop islands were considered. Chicago Department of Transportation workers Mike Amsden and Nate Roseberry responded that that “was ideal” and would be looked at later after evaluating the current setup. One of the reasons they cited not doing that now was the added cost of the permanent, concrete infrastructure.
This rendering of a bus stop island at Halsted Street (which has a conventional bike lane) and 27th Street in Bridgeport shows how buses would not leave the travel lane and would prevent driving in the bike and parking lanes (which is common here as people want to bypass those turning left onto 27th Street from Halsted Street).