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wondering about the best/safest bike route to get from western and chicago to milwaukee and lawrence? google maps sends me on a lot of turns, doesn't milwaukee have a bike lane pretty much all the way there? i don't mind taking the lane or riding in traffic, but would go a bit out of the way if it's smoother sailing. thanks in advance.

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There are sections of Milwaukee that Google maps has decided aren't good for bikes, but in reality its perfectly ridable up to Lawrence. But I agree with rewein and prefer Elston.

perfect, elston it is, thanks much.

Milwaukee and Lawrence is Jefferson Park.  Milwaukee is under construction and down to one lane northbound at a certain point, I want to say between Addison and Irving Park.

I rode Milwaukee up to Lawrence on Saturday. There is indeed construction south of Irving Park and it is down to one lane, northbound (I guess the southbound traffic is diverted somewhere). I found that there was enough room for me and a car next to me to co-exist. However, this was in light Saturday morning traffic so YMMV.

At any rate, if you are planning to bike home, you'll have to figure out some way to avoid that section of Milwaukee.

Elston is about 2 miles out of your way.  Take California or Kedzie to Milwaukee to Lawrence. Milwaukee is still one way for 1/2 mile north of Addison to Irving, so take the west sidewalk on your way back south. I ride it daily and it is a perfectly nice ride.  Most potholes are filled. Car and bike traffic is light north of Central park. 

You can take Elston back South, mix it up a bit!

To get past that construction on Miwaukee southbound, I ride the sidewalk on the south side of the street.  Usually few or no pedestrians.

Alex Z said:

I rode Milwaukee up to Lawrence on Saturday. There is indeed construction south of Irving Park and it is down to one lane, northbound (I guess the southbound traffic is diverted somewhere). I found that there was enough room for me and a car next to me to co-exist. However, this was in light Saturday morning traffic so YMMV.

At any rate, if you are planning to bike home, you'll have to figure out some way to avoid that section of Milwaukee.

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