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Anyone ride it this morning???

 

The Madison Street bike lane, Chicago's first bike lane in the Loop, was installed last night! Bike lane markings through intersections and an increase in bike symbols will help alert all roadway users of the presence of the bike lane. - courtesy of 's Chicago Bicycle Programs's facebook page.

 

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I rode the madison lane again. I'm pretty accustomed to riding around the loop, and didn't find this bike lane to be of much use. With a lane on each side of you it just doesn't leave you anywhere to go should you need to dodge something. I wonder why we just don't have bike/bus lanes instead of having this bike lane right next to a bus lane.

Based on the view from my office window, the lane has been extended at least to Wacker.

Is this cyclist on his phone?...or holding his jaw from getting doored?

Michelle Stenzel said:

I've written a short review of the bike lane, with pictures, here.

 

Definitely better than nothing, but it's not ideal. Lots of crisscrossing and drifting of vehicles from both sides.

 

 

Will be very interested to see how it affects cyclist behavior vis-a-vis buses. At a glance it seems like it ought to improve things . . .

Sure looks like he's on the phone. Brilliant.

S.Presley said:

Is this cyclist on his phone?...or holding his jaw from getting doored?

Michelle Stenzel said:

I've written a short review of the bike lane, with pictures, here.

 

Definitely better than nothing, but it's not ideal. Lots of crisscrossing and drifting of vehicles from both sides.

 

 

I'm curious about the same thing.  I hope that it ends up being a good solution.

h' said:

Will be very interested to see how it affects cyclist behavior vis-a-vis buses. At a glance it seems like it ought to improve things . . .

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