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Red Eye interview with Ald. Moreno. Dedicated street bike parking at Milwaukee/North/Damen!

Has someone posted this already?

 

http://neighborhoods.redeyechicago.com/bucktown-wicker-park/trendin...

 

I would love to see what this parking is going to look like. Oh, and “F*** Portland" lol!~

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I haven't seen this yet. Thanks for posting it. This is a great article. I never thought it could happen. F*** Portland indeed!

Courtesy of Active Trans' facebook page:

 

http://www.stevevance.net/planning/that-was-easy-wicker-park-buckto...

 

It includes pictures of what this might look like

Yep, Steve always has the low-down. These racks look surprisingly high-security and good quality. I had intense fears they'd juts plop down a crappy elementary school grill rack and call it a day.

 

My concern now is about making a reliable barrier between moving traffic and the rack so wayward cars don't take out 12 bikes in one swoop.

good point, Ash

Ash L. said:

My concern now is about making a reliable barrier between moving traffic and the rack so wayward cars don't take out 12 bikes in one swoop.

"...the first dedicated on-street bike parking will be unveiled at the Milwaukee, North and Damen intersection, turning four parking spaces on Milwaukee into bike parking."

 

The rack is 15 feet long (3 feet wide) and will only take up the space of approximately 1.5 car parking spaces (on Chicago streets, there's no length definition of a parallel parking spaces, unlike other cities that demarcate theirs). The other spaces in question will probably be just removed from the "available parking inventory" (they are currently non-metered spaces without any regulations or parking controls) and may have bollards in them. 

Bank of America - Wicker Park - Flat Iron

I'm not sure how the fire hydrant will play into the installation - that's why I have two orange lines marking possible locations.

 

If you want to know who to thank, it would be the following people:

  • Christopher Gagnon and others at CDOT
  • 1st Ward Alderman Moreno
  • The commissioners of the Wicker Park-Bucktown (WPB) SSA
  • WPB program manager, Eleanor Mayer
  • All of the businesses that pay into the SSA fund (that would be everyone in the district)
  • Eh, I'm probably missing someone
what i don`t understand is why “F*** Portland"..

Interesting.  I can't wait to see how this is finally implemented.  Hopefully there will be a bollard or two to protect the racks.

 

I wonder who will be the first rider to get "doored" by another rider pushing their bike out of the racks and into the bike lane?

I think it's a thumbing the nose at the U.S. city that is constantly held out as the gold standard of bike friendliness, and the epitome of bicycle smugness. Portland is seemingly invoked as the postscript to any statement or article about efforts by any municipality to develop bike infrastructure. "Cedar Rapids, Iowa is getting a sheltered bike lane on main street? Well, it's still no Portland."   

ilter said:
what i don`t understand is why “F*** Portland"..
I don't know if he'd put it exactly like this, but Rahm was probably thinking something like, "Portland is an overblown small town with hardly any children or people of color. We can crush them in bike-friendliness, number of annoying girls who sleep with stuffed animals, MLS attendance or anything else they take pride in without putting any real effort into it. F*** them."
Because if you have two things that are similar enough to compare, one has to be good and one has to be bad-- they can't both be good.

ilter said:
what i don`t understand is why “F*** Portland"..
There is no bike lane here. What you see in the photo above is the "shared lane marking," often called a sharrow (although not typically called that in Chicago).

James Baum said:

Interesting.  I can't wait to see how this is finally implemented.  Hopefully there will be a bollard or two to protect the racks.

 

I wonder who will be the first rider to get "doored" by another rider pushing their bike out of the racks and into the bike lane?

All roads, marked or not, have "bike lanes" IMHO  -call it what you will.   Anywhere I'm riding is the "bike lane" from my perspective :-P

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