Crews started constructing a protected bike lane this morning on Lake Street between Damen Avenue (connecting to an existing bike lane to the north) and Conservatory Drive/Central Park Avenue (connecting to an existing bike lane). This will add 2 miles to the 25 miles-per-year protected bike lane network. Between Damen Avenue and Talman Avenue, the street’s overhead ‘L’ has its columns on the sidewalk, while from Talman Avenue to Conservatory Drive/Central Park Avenue and beyond the columns are in the roadway. Grid Chicago has asked the Department of Transportation (CDOT) for the bike lane plans for this street to understand how the roadway columns will affect parking and the bike lane design. We have a “before” video already filmed, so it will be interesting to watch the comparison to the “after” video.
This is another situation where it would have been good to fix the pavement before installing a bike lane. The situation on Franklin Boulevard, reported last week, is an order of magnitude less comfortable.
The first two photos were taken by Brandon Gobel between Damen Avenue and Leavitt Street. As of 2:30 PM, only the westbound section was being striped.
It appears there might have been a hiccup in planning for temporary no parking flyers: people parked their cars on Lake Street near Campbell Avenue in a legal parking area but the crew couldn’t stripe the bike lane with them in the way. Photo by Calvin Brown.
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