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On my way from Logan Square to Lincoln Square yesterday I stumbled upon a crew striping a new buffered bike lane on Roscoe Street (3400 N.), between Western Avenue (2400 W.) and Damen Avenue (2000 W.) on the Roscoe village business strip. Along with a snippet of buffered lane coming on Campbell Avenue (2500 W.) between Belmont Avenue (3200 N.) and Roscoe, this might make a useful route for cyclists coming from Logan to parts northeast, and vice versa. Here’s a map of the route via Active Transportation Alliance. Roscoe could use repaving, and in places there are some serious ruts right in the bike lane, so hopefully these will be patched with asphalt soon.

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One crew member stripes dashed lines across an intersection with thermoplastic, a molten plastic material, while the other sprinkles reflective beads in the markings.

The Campbell – Roscoe route appears on the city’s list of Year One Proposed Bikeway Projects (PDF), so I guess this means the 2012 bike lane construction season has officially started, which is exciting news. Keep an eye peeled for new buffered and protected bike lanes popping up soon, and please send us photos if possible.

Follow the neighborhood discussion about this on EveryBlock.

Updated May 6 to change map link. 

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  • what_eva

    Why not something on Roscoe between Campbell and Western?  It’s only a block, it’s pretty wide and there’s a ton of turning traffic into the Jewel and Mariano’s

    • http://www.stevevance.net/ Steven Vance

      It might be there. I was biking home from Lakeview on Belmont last night and saw a new door zone-style bike lane on Cambbell going north past the police station and DeVry.

    • http://gridchicago.com John Greenfield

       That section wasn’t included in the project list, but maybe they striped it after all. I’ll go back and check it out sometime.

      • what_eva

         I was over there last night and there is indeed striping on Roscoe between Campbell and Western (ie no break).  It’s buffered except right at Western.  There’s no parking on that block, so it just narrowed the street from a really wide/almost two lanes each direction to a normal width single lane.  Will hopefully help with people driving stupidly getting into those parking lots as well.

        • http://gridchicago.com John Greenfield

           Thanks for checking that out – that’s good news. I’m glad to hear that enough thought was given to cyclists’ safety that a mini road diet was performed. It’s nice to know that, with apologies to the drugstore, at Roscoe you can count on people who care.

          • http://www.stevevance.net/ Steven Vance

            If there was a pun equivalent to bar trivia, I’d want you to be the team captain.

  • C L

    Cool — I think this will make the road more pleasant for all.

  • Lee

    Thanks for spotting this and sharing! To see where to keep an eye out for other new projects, check out this map of the year one proposed bikeway projects: http://www.activetrans.org/100days/proposedbikeways

    • http://gridchicago.com John Greenfield

       Thanks Lee. ATA’s map shows Roscoe as striped between Western and Campbell, even though the city project list did not indicate this. I’ll just have to run up there soon and confirm the whole route has been striped.

  • Marcus Twain

    Stripe before paving… the union way!

    • http://gridchicago.com John Greenfield

       True, it’s always nice when bike lanes are striped on brand-new pavement, as was done on Madison Street last summer.

  • Scott Sanderson

    I just bought a condo on this street, YES!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/8432336@N08/ BlueFairlane

    Yeah … still no paint on Elston.

    • http://www.stevevance.net/ Steven Vance

      I checked on it last night. Since October my biking in Elston has decreased a lot.
      Here’s a marker: there are 2 miles of protected bike lanes installed and 10 more days in Rahm’s first year.

      • http://www.huydts.com Sebastian Baptiste Huydts

        Any word on repainting existing bike lanes? They’re fading in too many places…

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  • lovebikes

    now if the bikers would just obey the stop signs and other rules of the road we’ll be all set.

    • http://www.huydts.com Sebastian Baptiste Huydts

      Absolutely, and if car drivers would stop speeding, talking on their cell phones while driving, parking in the bike lanes, and show some courtesy on the road, we’d be living in an almost perfect world.

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