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A Subaru apparently hit a bicyclist Tuesday afternoon near the unfinished Navy Pier Flyover, smashing the car's windshield and reportedly sending the bicyclist to the hospital.

The driver and police declined to comment immediately following the apparent collision at noon on Lower Lake Shore Drive at Grand Avenue. But remnants of the crash, including a mangled bicycle and busted Subaru windshield, were on full display.

There's also a new Facebook page that is pushing to get the project completed ASAP with no further delays.

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Sending healing thoughts for the injured cyclist. I hope that driver has decent insurance coverage. 

Also hoping for a healthy recovery of the cyclist. Anne left the added comment, "I hope that driver has decent insurance coverage". Despite the obvious agreement with that, is there any other aspect of that perspective that has occurred recently that needs to be discussed in it's own thead?

There are way too many drivers out there with minimum insurance ($20K-25K). If one of those drivers causes serious injury to a cyclist, even getting a payout of the full policy limits usually covers only a fraction of the cyclist's medical expenses. I've seen this scenario WAY too many times at my job.

Yes, this could be its own topic.

Literally, it's going to take as long to build this one flyover as it did to build the Golden Gate Bridge all the way across San Francisco Bay.  It makes me weep to think of how much good could have been done for cyclists and pedestrians in Chicagoland for the $60 million they're wasting on that ill-conceived boondoggle.  Over four years of misery for anyone trying to go north on the LFP.   

Full disclosure. I am not an engineer.

But I do get off and on the LFP every weekday thoughout the year. I've watched them build this thing every step of the way. 

Couldn't they have maybe fabricated a more lighter weight path, perhaps with some recyclable rubber material for the base, and then used helicopters to drop it in place?

It seems like they basically built something to freeway standards. Assuming they don't need to get emergency vehicles on that thing, I would have thought something more lightweight could be used for pedestrians and bikers.  So much of the cost, I believe, was all the cranes and equipment that were used to enable those guys to work high up.  It seems that if you could fabricate it in sections in in a factory and then drop it into place (on top of supports obviously) you would have gotten it done faster and cheaper.

I think it being designed to standards to allow emergency vehicles is important. This also allows for the use of regular maintenance vehicles as well as snow plowing. 

This. +1

Great rant. :)


In agreement.

Yes! +1 Nailed it!

This project is actually happening way quicker then I ever thought it would. 

Here's an update from the police with the details of how the crash happened:



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