I have a few I can name that I do my best to avoid ever riding on and last weekend, when I was outside of my normal riding area, I realized my knowledge is pretty limited so I thought I'd post this in hopes to start an ongoing thread of streets that are pretty miserable for riding a bike.
To get it started...
The other thread... What Are Your Favorite Chicago-Area Bike Lanes, Paths & Routes?
I hear you,
This pic really highlights the issue with this design, now a week out from when the plows were working the area. It's about a foot deep in the bike lane itself, and the plow has to stay left of the plastic else it takes them out, which meant the busses couldn't pass each other unless they cooperate with the little turn-out areas. (which they couldn't do for a few days especially when snow was coming down) Alas, CDOT's design that sounds good in theory isn't so good in practice simply because they can't keep up with it in practice.
Exactly. They just finished adding beefy cement buffered curbs to the left side of the bike lane on Lake St at Kedzie and the only reason I’ve been able to even ride through there since all this snow is by following the car tire tread marks from them squeezing through the buffered bike area. Sigh.
Sorry to hear it.
I am SO ready for spring, or at least for most of the snow and ice to melt so that lanes are relatively clear again.
Hey guys, I like the discussion off bike lanes and am interested in both sides of that discussion, but agree with Curtis's original comment about the thread. I will not call it a hijack but a side track. I think there is rich ground for a new thread about this but frankly recall that others exist. Please feel to keep up the discussion there. This one is a resource for people looking for streets to avoid.
One point that is worth mentioning is that in the winter weather the thinking gets inverted. Normally, we love side streets where there is lower impact cycling. However, in the city, the side streets are the last ones that get cleaned and the safer choice is often the boulevard you see in this thread as it is at least freer of snow, ice and everything else. Now that we are in meteorological spring we can revert the inverted and return to the thread. :-)
I think that's almost the point, and there's an extent to which the street design is like the dreaded Kinzie Street https://chi.streetsblog.org/2013/12/12/city-explains-gap-in-snow-re... may come from inverted thinking.
Other unfriendly streets come about such as Milwaukee Ave. when anti-car people use inverted thinking and focus on not wanting cars, and we get unplowed areas behind barriers (including the dreaded stretch of Clybourn Ave) and instead of actually separating cars and bikes, we get cars and bikes even closer together there and on the dreaded Elston Ave. too.
So reverting as suggested, instead of anti-car people focusing on what they don't want, people can focus on what they do want, which is enjoyable safer cycling like on the lake front path.
Halsted Street has the reverting going on with the whole bike lane removal idea.
So if people avoid the inverted thinking of not wanting cars, and instead focus on what we want (better cycling) we can get better cycling.
Another bike-unfriendly street lately was Harrison around the UIC campus where the only way to ride was to ride with car and truck traffic from some construction there, all while the bike lane behind the plastic thingies went unplowed. It's melted for now which is nice, but no street sweeping yet, same problem.