Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday morning opened part of the long-awaited Navy Pier Flyover, as well as the 41st Street pedestrian bridge, creating new ways to get around for pedestrians and bicyclists near the lakefront.
The flyover, first started in 2014, has been delayed by various factors, including needed repairs on the Lake Shore Drive bridge over the Chicago River. Emanuel also has blamed the state for delaying funding for the project during the budget crisis.
The newly opened portion of the Flyover will carry pedestrians and bicyclists over Grand Avenue and Illinois Street, where there are currently frequent conflicts between travelers on the Lakefront Trail and cars. Work is continuing through 2019.
Very nice! Thanks for sharing.
That is really narrow.
I rode it this morning. It’s fast going northbound. I thought it was kind of dangerous.
Maybe they'll be adding "speed bumps" like on many side streets in Chicago, put there to annoy cyclists.
(insert Divvy rider joke here)
Here's my trip over in last evening... sorry about portrait video, handlebar phone mount + basket = no landscape video and as you can see at the end, having both hands on the handlebars is the best way to avoid launching yourself into the lake!
Was that guy in your video trying to fly with his arms?
It looked to me like he was doing some selfie recording.
My thoughts after riding it:
It was nice to read that Randy Neufeld was the first one to roll on this beautiful looking piece of civil engineering. If the 606 is crazy in fair weather, this narrow strip will be insane especially where it dumps its travelers under lower LSD. Better check it now before that or if it gets reclosed.