Looking west. A complementary bike lane going westbound will be built on Davis Street.
Evanston built its first cycle track this year, on Church Street. It starts at Evanston Township High School, on Church Street and Dodge Avenue, and goes east until Chicago Avenue in the downtown. It’s an interesting and unique piece of infrastructure: a very short portion of the cycle track has a two-way section on the same side of the road, including a part on the sidewalk. It’s very interesting. The cycle track involves one-way, two-way, on-sidewalk, on-street, buffered, and protected designs. This photo tour starts at the high school; all photos are looking east unless otherwise noted.
Two-way sidewalk portion at the high school. It was blocked by garbage bins when I visited. This will eventually connect to a bikeway through Mason Park to a one-way, westbound bike lane on Davis Street.
A reader of Grid Chicago more familiar with the city’s plans wrote to us about this two-way portion:
The idea is that people will take Davis Street westbound with a new protected bike lane in 2013 (search for “Davis Street”) from Hinman or Chicago to Asbury. It would become a neighborhood greenway/bike boulevard west of Asbury to Mason Park. Then you cut through the park to get to the two-way bike lane on the south side of Church.
Two-way in-street section.
One-way buffered section on a two-way Church Street at Ashland Avenue.
One-way protected section on a one-way Church Street at Oak Street.
Parking encroaching on the buffer in the protected bike lane area, same issues as in Chicago.
End of the bike lane at Chicago Avenue. Chicago Avenue doesn’t have a bikeway, but it’s ideal for one.
View all the photos from my October 11, 2012, “bike tour” of Chicago’s nearest northern suburb.
View Church Street cycle track in Evanston in a larger map
Update: An earlier version of this post called Church Street the state’s longest cycle track. That was incorrect: the parking-protected bike lane on Lake Street in Chicago is longer.