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Pavement marking crews install new bike lane markings on Grand Avenue between
the Lakefront Trail and Orleans St. in
Chicago's 42nd Ward. These improvements
were fully funded by Alderman Reilly's
discretionary Menu Fund.


Tags: 42nd, alderman, bike, chicago, grand, lanes, ward

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Many thanks for providing this bike lane and link to the lake front. Of special importantance is the quality of the street surface...some parts are a combination of old oatmeal with buried landmines. With construction and reconstruction the surfaces get rough, or as a favorite cousin calls them, "zipper streets" - gas line crews, water main crews, telecommunication crews....open and close the pavement.

Nancy L. Fagin
There is a very nice secret route that runs parallel to this new bike lane. When coming from the LFP side, it is L on McClurg and R on Water. It leads to a Lower Wacker-esque back route by delivery bays with little to no traffic. It goes under Michigan and other big cross streets, and comes out at State and Hubbard.

Still love to see a new lane, of course. I will send my thanks to Reilly.
I don't think lanes were removed. Width of existing lanes was reduced.

T.C. O'Rourke said:
Lanes on heavily trafficked were removed to put these in. This is about as good as bike lanes get and a massive improvement.

I take this "back route" to and from the River East movie theater.

Scott said:
There is a very nice secret route that runs parallel to this new bike lane. When coming from the LFP side, it is L on McClurg and R on Water. It leads to a Lower Wacker-esque back route by delivery bays with little to no traffic. It goes under Michigan and other big cross streets, and comes out at State and Hubbard.
I am mistaken about this. Lanes were removed.


Steven Vance said:
I don't think lanes were removed. Width of existing lanes was reduced.

T.C. O'Rourke said:
Lanes on heavily trafficked were removed to put these in. This is about as good as bike lanes get and a massive improvement.

I take this "back route" to and from the River East movie theater.

Scott said:
There is a very nice secret route that runs parallel to this new bike lane. When coming from the LFP side, it is L on McClurg and R on Water. It leads to a Lower Wacker-esque back route by delivery bays with little to no traffic. It goes under Michigan and other big cross streets, and comes out at State and Hubbard.
Actually, lanes WERE removed on some parts of Grand and on a lot of Illinois (especially between Franklin and Clark).
They haven't yet painted the bicycle sign on the Illinois lanes, which confuses some drivers; but overall it's such a boon to commuters like me.
That stretch of Illinois was one of my least favorite segments of my commute -- a lot of cars in a big hurry to go sit in traffic on LSD. Lately I was feeling unbearably envious of NYC's pretty green bike lanes, so was pleasantly surprised to see this road get a diet. Many thanks to Alderman Reilly and all of the bike advocates in Chicago for making stuff like this happen.
Pretty sure it was Active Trans who helped "make this stuff happen" with the alderman. Woo-hoo!


dan meliza said:
That stretch of Illinois was one of my least favorite segments of my commute -- a lot of cars in a big hurry to go sit in traffic on LSD. Lately I was feeling unbearably envious of NYC's pretty green bike lanes, so was pleasantly surprised to see this road get a diet. Many thanks to Alderman Reilly and all of the bike advocates in Chicago for making stuff like this happen.

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