It was a little mysterious when the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)
recently removed more than half of the flexible posts (AKA bollards) that separate
the Kinzie protected bike lanes from parked cars and moving traffic. So I called
CDOT bikeways planner Mike Amsden, to get the skinny. He explained the motivations
for taking out the posts, and also pointed out a few recent upgrades to the street
I hadn’t noticed before:
Keep moving forward,
Thanks for the post on the posts.
Technically this is a post about his earlier offsite post about the posts...
Wow, that's very post-modern. If they do wind up putting in permanent posts, hopefully they'll be made out of *meta*.
If the city is putting them in it will probably be made of kleptonite.
You know that all the beat-up used bollards they took out all got thrown in the trash. Count on it. it's not like they were going to put them in someplace else...
They call these "Incremental" changes.
i call them excremental -as in horse apples!
Removing the posts nullifies the "protected" in "protected bike lane". If anything, we need more protection, i.e. concrete barriers. Past experience has shown that we can't count on the police to monitor the bike lanes, especially as more are being added. Cars will undoubtedly abuse the lack of protection by driving/parking in the bike lane. This is a huge mistake.
As if enough cars weren't squeezing into the bike lane...
I missed that the first time around. That's disgusting.
Daniel G said:
I want to know who billed the city 4,500 dollars to send a guy out to put down two cones, yank half the posts, toss them in a truck, and drive away. This doesn't piss me off because I'm some sort of Tea Partier, it irks me because the potential for inflated construction costs is the most-used cudgel that those people use to attack alternative transport projects. God knows bike lanes would be built by volunteers if they'd let us.
Maybe they had to rip up the pavement? Or something?
Maybe we could persuade Chicago Parks District to plop a 6-million dollar boathouse in the way? That's the classic check-mate move when trying to block things...
How about a really thin boathouse that extends several miles down at least one side of Western Avenue, with cars on the left and bikes on the right?