Riding in the cycle track southbound towards the Magnolia Avenue “Y”.
Riding in the cycle track southbound next to Elston Materials’s property. The parking space and wide area in this photo are for a tanker truck as seen in this photo.
After seven months without them because of neighbor and weather delays, pavement markings make their return today to Elston Avenue between North Avenue and Magnolia Avenue. The difference now is that buffered bike lanes and a cycle track replace last year’s conventional bike lane. The full project limits are North Avenue to Milwaukee Avenue, a distance of 1 mile. The enhanced bikeway should definitely bring cyclists back to Elston Avenue, after what I perceived was a period of avoidance. A cycle track at the “Y” intersection of Elston and Magnolia Avenues should reduce the incidence of high-speed, northbound passes.
At 12:42 PM today, only sections between North Avenue and Magnolia Avenue had been striped.
Riding northbound, crossing the “Y” intersection with Magnolia Avenue.
The cycle track portion will be 0.69 miles long, approximately. Mayor Emanuel’s first year ends on Wednesday, May 16, and Chicago is short of the ambitious 25 miles per year he pledged. Chicago’s installed protected bike lane mileage, with the Elston project completed, will stand at 1.76 miles, approximately. But this depends on how you calculate the length*. If you include the buffered bike lane sections of the cycle tracks, then you have 3.17 miles, approximately.
See our other posts about 2012 bikeway installations:
- Roscoe Street and Campbell Avenue from Belmont Avenue to Damen Avenue – buffered bike lane
- Division Street from Western Avenue to California Avenue – buffered bike lane
* Lengths are from the City’s GIS information combined with my own estimation for the length of Elston.
Updated May 15, 2012, 17:59, and May 18, 11:15, to correct information about parking space and wide area in second photo.