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Are they any other regular users of the newish Elston protected bike lanes...north of Milwaukee ave? I've been a bit deflated (pun intended) by the amount of debris and glass, and general total absence of maintenance to the Elston bike lanes. Before the bike lanes, that roadway benefitted from very regular street sweeping. Now, the bike lanes have been sectioned off, and are a bit of a glassy mess. Does anyone who reads this blog have a relationship with city officials responsible for maintenance? Is there any hope even minimal sweeping can be done? I haven't had any luck through 311. And plan on investing in some more puncture proof tires soon out of necessity. 

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I take Elston every evening from the Loop to Lawrence (then west a few miles) and honestly it is not that bad.  Nothing to get upset about.  There is WAY more debris, broken glass and car pieces on Milwaukee.  If there is a movable obstruction I move it.  Is it the southbound bike lane on Elston with all the problems?  

Any progress with the Alderman Brian? I actually saw a street sweeper today on Clybourn, but it wasn't one of the standard blue city ones... may have been a private sweeper destined for one of the big parking lots? Curious how it all worked out.

I got some reports that cleaning that done. Hard to tell if that's true. Lots of glass where car windows have been broken out. I swept a bunch away as best I could in a few areas with a piece of cardboard. Seems ok right now. I was venting a bit after flat tires. Went out and bought some Schwalbe Marathon tires with extra flat protection. Now the glistening glass doesn't bother me quite as much. 

How were the PBL's Sunday/Monday after the snow?

I rode to Evanston on Sunday and the PBLs on Dodge and Sheridan were all clear and salted. I rode downtown and back from the north side yesterday and they were all good on Milwaukee.

The Washington St PBL was basically clear mid-block, but there were piles of snow near the intersections. I saw a city worker hand shoveling the snow this morning at Washington and LaSalle.

Elston from Division to Milwaukee and then south on Milwaukee was all clear on Monday AM

Has anyone used the Elston PBL since it's snowed? Thinking about taking on the commute home today...


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