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This is not right... someone will get hurt. 

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CBS did a report on this about two weeks ago. Seemed pretty softball to me, the main take-aways being:

The city isn't done with that location yet (needs more paint)

Everybody needs to be more alert (we know how that really works out)

Needs more paint is right. It has already been a few weeks since that report aired. 

What are alternatives to get from the lakefront to the loop?

Go from the southern part of the LSD bridge to  the riverfront trail for a short stretch, to the first sub-lower Wacker entrance around the towing lot (to avoid tourists) all the way to the exit on Garland Ct ramp slightly west of lower Michigan (wrong way for a short stretch). That leads to Lake St east of Wabash. Not much traffic on sub lower Wacker.

Too late to edit, but forgot to add that Sub-lower Wacker will dead end, so one has to make a left on either lower Stetson or Beaubien Cts to make a right on lower sub-lower Water, THEN that leads to the Garland Ct. ramp across Michigan ave. I know it sounds confusing as hell as first,  but it's a much calmer alternative.

That looks most right turn lanes in the city with a bike lane to the left. I see the same thing at Illinois and Lake Shore - drivers like to use the bike lane as part of their right turn lane.

I see the same thing everyday going east on Washington as you approach Des Plaines. No one seems to want to get fully all the way over into the right turn lane. They'd rather straddle both turn lane and the bike lane. Also couple this with cars getting off the highway blocking the bike lane as they wait to jump into car traffic.

Also on Warren just east of Warren and Wood as you approach Paulina, the bike lane veers to the left, but I'm reticent to ever stay in it because cars will just come flying down the street and they don't veer left along with the lane. They often just stay straight and enter the bike lane and then either they'll eventually move left later on or they just stay in it all the way until making a right on Paulina.

I prefer Monroe, even without a bike lane.

We might have to put a post-it note by the computer screen that says, "Sometimes CLP is right."  However well-inteneded it may have been, this is an inherently flawed approach and design. 


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