Both John and I attended the Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 meeting at the Garfield Park Conservatory on Wednesday. The project leaders (Mike Amsden from the Chicago Department of Transportation, and Mark de la Vergne from Sam Schwartz Engineering, pictured) announced 4.3 new miles of protected bike lanes for the west side boulevard system to be installed this year in the main lanes to slow traffic in the Lawndale and East Garfield Park neighborhoods.
It’s a system of bikeways connecting Douglas and Garfield Parks, starting at 24th Boulevard and California Avenue, routing through Douglas Park, through Garfield Park, and ending at Sacramento Boulevard and Franklin Boulevard. See map and handout under “Media”.
The other announcement was that CDOT will build a bicycle boulevard on Berteau Avenue in the 47th Ward (current plans put the 0.9 mile long bike boulevard between Lincoln and Clark; see map below). Also known as a neighborhood greenway, bicycle boulevards make cycling safer and easier, and discourage cut-through car traffic, through the use of different traffic calming, intersection changes, signage, and pavement markings. CDOT created a handy slideshow to demonstrate bicycle boulevards around the country – some pages (14 and 15) do not have any background information as it was a presentation given to planning district volunteer leaders). Download bike boulevards PDF. Page 16 lists a potential bicycle boulevard in each of the nine Streets for Cycling planning districts (see the district maps).
57th Street and Berteau Avenue are listed and depicted in the slideshow on pages 17-20.
Three other reports of the meeting
- Jennifer at General Carlessness (part of the Network). Commented about cycling in Chicago being dominated by men.
- Ash Lottes at One Less Minivan (also part of the Network). Commented about the lack of a bikeway on Sacramento Boulevard.
- Marisa Paulson for Medill Reports. Interviewed the project leaders and a meeting attendee.
The meeting differed from the Open House in December in that there was a formal presentation about the plan, how the planning process works, and a formal question and answer session. This slide in the presentation describes what the plan is not: It’s not about policy, enforcement, bike parking, or bike sharing. It’s essentially a companion to the Bike 2015 Plan and doesn’t supplant it in any way. See the full set of photos from the meeting.
A scan of the handout CDOT distributed at the event about the west side boulevard bike lanes. See map below.
View West side boulevard protected bike lanes + Berteau Avenue in a larger map. CDOT anticipates to start constructing these in spring 2012.
Updated January 25, 2012, with information on the project limits for Berteau Avenue bicycle boulevard.