Wells Street gets better with time: new signs appear


At the June 13, 2012, Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council meeting, we asked Mike Amsden if the Wells Street “enhanced” marked shared lane would be accompanied with signs that say “bikes may use full lane”. He said “no”.

Things changed, as photo contributor Adam Herstein noticed this morning. He says this sign is posted at each intersection (from Wacker Drive to Van Buren Street, we presume, which is the length of the “enhanced” marked shared lane).

A larger version of this sign exists, but the unique situation of the ‘L’ track colums might prevent objects from exceeding the column width, unless they were higher up to avoid being smashed by trucks.


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  • http://twitter.com/aka60643 AKA60643

    For years, I’ve often used this section of Wells at night to ride to LaSalle St. station. I’ve noticed a significant improvement in driver behavior towards cyclists when I ride there at off-peak hours, first with the sharrows, and even a bit better with the added signage.

    Thanks to CDOT for these improvements. My rides down Wells are now a LOT less hair raising than in years past.

  • http://twitter.com/softleaf m.

    Can I get a t-shirt with that sign on the back?!

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

      Here’s the design. I added “state law” myself, but in the current font for highway signs (it doesn’t match the bikes may use full lane sign).

      It’s a PDF that you can edit within Adobe Illustrator.

      • http://twitter.com/softleaf m.

        That’s fantastic! Thanks so much. Now to find the right long-sleeve reflective shirt to show it off to its best advantage. I do kind of like that ‘CITY OF CHICAGO’ bit at the bottom of the full lane sign … one way for the city to make a clear statement in support of the law—something that seems wanting across all modes these days.

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