Notice how there is a buffer on both sides of the bike lane. This should encourage people to cycle outside of the “door zone”. Photo by Brandon Gobel.
The passing rain storms and fog have allowed construction crews to continue building Chicago’s bikeway network, including more buffered and protected bike lanes. We received a photo this morning of a new buffered bike lane going in on Division Street between Western and California. This is especially delightful news because the Division Street bike lane, from its eastern beginning at Ashland Avenue, stopped abruptly at Western Avenue, nine years ago, even though Division Street maintains the same width west of there. John will provide more background on the history of the Division bike lane, and why it’s a big deal that it’s finally being striped, tomorrow.
Photo of the buffered bike lane under the Puerto Rico flag sculpture taken by Brandon Gobel at 2420 W Division Street in Humboldt Park.
In addition to the Roscoe Street buffered bike lane installed last week, and a segment on Wabash Avenue installed in 2011, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has proposed these locations for buffered bike lanes, a total of 4.50 miles (links go to our original report for that location):
- Clark St from Walton to North
- Ellsworth Dr from Garfield (55th) to King (51st)
- Wabash Ave from Roosevelt to Harrison
- Wells St from Chicago to Van Buren (originally proposed in 2010)
Mayor Emanuel promised 25 miles of protected bike lanes per year of his term. His first year anniversary is May 16, seven days away. The City has currently installed 2 miles of protected bike lanes. CDOT has proposed these locations for protected bike lanes, a total of 15.30 miles (links go to our original report for that location):
- 24th St from Marshall to California
- 31st St from Wells to the Lakefront Trail
- 55th St from Cottage Grove to Lake Park
- Douglas Blvd from Independence to Sacramento
- Elston Ave from Milwaukee to North (actually Augusta Blvd to Le Moyne St)
- Franklin Blvd from Central Park to Sacramento
- Garfield Blvd from Halsted to King
- Independence Blvd from Douglas to Jackson
- Jackson Blvd from Independence to Central Park
- Jackson Blvd from Ogden to Halsted (IDOT has been the main source of delay for this, as this segment is under state jurisdiction)
- King Dr from 26th to 51st
- Lake St from Central Park to Damen
- Marshall Blvd from 24th to Douglas
- Sacramento Blvd from Marshall to Douglas
View CDOT’s 2012 proposed bikeways document. I requested an installation schedule from CDOT so that I can create before and after bike lane videos, like I did for Kinzie Street, 18th Street, and Jackson Boulevard.
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