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.
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.