The most recent NLSD Project meeting in August showed very worrisome things on the sustainability front. Pedestrian, bike, bus, and park advocates (history & nature) are badly needed to give input to the project team at this last meeting.
Put in a bus lane and lengthen the exits for Belmont where traffic backs up onto the drive. Use flyovers/underpasses for non-car traffic to avoid conflicts with lights, install red light cameras to identify people that clog intersections. Coordinate traffic lights at the exits and a block or two in to keep traffic from backing up.
All the overpasses are way overdue for replacement, but while the CTA can replace overpasses in a weekend I'm guessing LSD will be a complete nightmare. Don't schedule it for the same time as the CTA's redline revisions.
I did get a chuckle from this bit:
Vehicle speed studies conducted at twelve locations along the length of NLSD for a 48‐hour weekday period showed non‐compliance rates with the posted speed limit (40 mph at the time of the study) of 78% in the southbound direction and 95% in the northbound direction, with most compliance occurring only during periods of heavy congestion. Within the highest speed section of NLSD, nearly 9% of the 48‐hour traffic volume exceeded the posted speed limit by 30 mph or more. The speed study substantiates that prevailing vehicle speeds along much of the Outer Drive are substantially higher than the posted speed limit.
Just to clarify, I'm not taking comments/associated with the people making decisions, I don't have anything to do with them - just passing along the information on the meeting for the community here :)
This meeting is important for any LFT cycling commuters out there. The original renderings for this project were released with great fanfare and portrayed the importance of a bike path that was the fastest, most-direct route to downtown. It included bridges to carry cyclists over all access points to avoid any conflicts with cars and pedestrians. The plan that I saw at the last meeting I attended at Truman early this year did not include any of that, and just mapped the same failed design that currently exists between Montrose and Foster (directing bikes east of Cricket Hill). I wasn't able to attend the August meeting, but it sounds like our concerns are not valued and being heard.
This upcoming meeting next week is the third (and final) in a series of meetings focusing specifically on the ramp configuration at Montrose, Wilson and Lawrence. The overall project schedule shows that there will be at least 4 more corridor-wide Task Force meetings, and 3 more public meetings between now and mid 2021.
Even if you can't make it to the meetings, input can be provided via an online comment form.
The trail design plans for the entire corridor are available to view online, as well as other exhibits, presentation slides and summaries from past meetings.
Plans (Task Force #8 and #9 have the most current trail plans, which haven't really changed since 2018): https://www.northlakeshoredrive.org/involved_task_forces.html
You can also sign up to receive project updates here: https://www.northlakeshoredrive.org/involved_newsletters.html
Thanks for sharing these details!