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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'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.

 

 

It looks great. I would like all future and restriping projects to include cyclists guides through the intersections. It seems like approaching and proceeding through intersections is where cars tend to try to crowd me out the most.
Michelle - Nice blog on walking and biking in Lincoln Park!

Michelle 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 can't wait for a north/south route. Every day I get off the train in the south loop and ride north to the river. Every day I have to deal with crappy traffic.

Its really great and much needed. Never know which lane to ride in on crazy Madison!!!

Smooth new road

The rider looks comfortable like as if he is in Holland.


Michelle 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.

 

 

Wow, that is great! I will have to go down Madison on Thursday on my way to work.

I've ridden the new lane just about daily since it's been put in. Here's my updated summary of the experience:

 

 

 

The City seems to have completed its painting of the lane.  There are now a lot more bikes painted in the lane, particularly where the lane crosses other streets (like State). 

 

I continue to ride this lane daily on my commute between the Loop and Hyde Park.  Fortunately, I've had minimal encroachment on the lane by motorize vehicles.  The worst offenders (in my experience) have been CTA buses.

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