I know the Sun-Times is the Sun-Times, but it's still a little surprising that they would baldly assert, without any qualification, that the cyclist is responsible before the trial has even begun. I would have thought they'd be opening themselves up to defamation liability by doing that.
I think that we all need to think like drivers and pedestrians. Dearborn appears to be one way north so nobody is expecting southbound traffic. I have made the mistake, as a pedestrian, myself. All cyclists need to be cautious southbound on Dearborn and be on extra alert.Think of what the car drivers and pedestrians are thinking.
I think that I agree with you. Your last paragraph confused my thinking.
Makes perfect sense to me. I consider Dearborn quite rideable most of the time. It just requires caution and slower speeds. Visibility is quite good in most locations, which makes most potential crashes avoidable if one rides at an appropriate speed for the amount of traffic in and around the bike lane.
Realistic expectations are huge here. If one expects to be able to speed through the loop by any means (bike, taxi, train etc) one is bound to be disappointed.
Part (a): Drivers have to yield to pedestrians IN A CROSSWALK (Marked or at an intersection).
Part (b): Pedestrians can't step in front of vehicles IF THEY CAN'T STOP IN TIME.
Part (d): Other vehicles CAN'T PASS vehicles stopped at crosswalks.
Requires vehicles to yield at crosswalks and school zones.
Pedestrians must yield when crossing between intersections without a marked crosswalk.
So, still need enough info to decide between 11-1003 / 11-1002a / 11-1002b.
I saw a vehicle pass another vehicle stopped at the crosswalk for pedestrians in Oak Park the other day (westbound near Lake and Harlem), only to get to the red light at Harlem. Thankfully, the pedestrians were not in the passing vehicle's path. Ridiculous!
OK, for the record: I never bike Dearborn in either direction because I just don't have the patience for it. But isn't there a place in the complete streets schema for riders who want to feel like they're living dangerously and getting the full urban biking experience while also moving at a glacially slow, snail's pace?