Chicago Unveils First Protected Bike Lane, More On The Way
Construction Of 2nd Bike Lane On Jackson Begins In August
Visually confusing and completely foreign to Chicago motorists, pedestrians and bikers, the city unveiled its first protected bike lane on Kinzie Street this past Monday according to Huffington Post Chicago.
The lanes begins at Milwaukee Ave. and runs eastward to its endpoint at Wells Street.
The bike lane, which uses vertical plastic tubing planted in the asphalt and paint markings to designate a wide bicycles only lane between the curb and parking for motor vehicles. Parking spaces have been moved from the curb further into the street to allow for the designated bike lane.
According to the report in Huffington Post Chicago and other media accounts, bikers using the lanes feel safer. riding their two wheeled vehicles. Whether or not the designated bike lane will translate into actual improvements to safety will have to be seen.
While these bike lanes are too new for a fair assessment, in New York City where protected bike lanes have a slightly longer history, some bike riders there feel the designated bike lanes are a “death trap.”
The Chicago Department of Transportation which spent $140,000 on the Kinzie St. bike lane announced Monday Jackson Boulevard between Damen and Halsted will be the location for the city’s second bike lane with construction starting in August.
Here’s the Huffington Post Chicago’s full story, “Chicago Completes Installation Of First Protected Bike Lane, Announces Second On The Way.”