A person drives their car in the 18th Street separated bike lane.
Grid Chicago gathered photos, videos, and reports from neighbors in April and May about parking and driving in the 18th Street separated bike lane (from Clark Street to Canal Street) and discussed the situation with 25th Ward Alderman Solis’s office in June. Lauren Pacheco tells us that the bike lane design will be modified and that police will pay more attention to the street:
A series of CDOT and Aldermanic driven initiatives will be launched in ensuring bicycle lane safety along this route inculding bike ambassadors educational outreach at the site for drivers, moving the bollards closer to the sidewalk thereby narrowing the bike lane preventing automobile use, and increased police district enforcement requests by Alderman Solis.
How much closer to the sidewalk the bollards will be moved is not known; we are waiting for a response. The bike lane is currently 7 or 8 feet wide and there is a 2 or 3-feet-wide buffer between the bike lane and 10-feet-wide travel lane. The bollards are currently closer to the travel lane, on the left side of the buffer (in the direction of travel).
Plates to cover the open grate bridge deck on 18th Street have arrived and will be installed within 1-2 weeks (as of June 12).
The southwest corner of Kinzie and Clark will be made accessible by spring 2013.
We’ve also an update about the inaccessible sidewalk ramp at Clark Street and Kinzie Street that we reported to 311 multiple times. CDOT spokesperson Peter Scales tells us that it will be fixed within a year:
It will be part of the State Street Corridor Priority Area ADA Curb Ramp project anticipated to be bid this summer/fall, with construction starting fall/winter and completed by spring of next year.
Citizens should continue to make requests about curb ramps to 311. “We are paying attention to those”, Scales said.
N.B. A new website has appeared to document the prevalence of parking in bike lanes around Chicago: Cars In The Bike Lane. Here’s my submission: a Carbón Mexican Grill delivery vehicle parked in the 18th Street bike lane.