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A co-worker of mine went from Belmont to Ohio Street last night, and this morning we were talking about the S-curve and its oddities.

Perhaps someone can shed some light on this.

1. Why is the section of the lakefront path south of the S-curve on a noticeable slant?  Drainage?  Just to be annoying?

2. With the (straight) banked path there, why isn't there some sort of barrier to prevent falling into the lake?  It's like RIGHT THERE.  Unintentional swim anyone?

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The slope is for drainage. I do not know why they do not have a barrier. I can ask some of the civil guys at work about it.

The City has that stretch of Lake Shore Drive next on the slate for "mprovement. This will include a realignment of LSD which will cause a realignment of LFP and the S-curve will be significantly altered. It also includes (finally) an LFP overpass over Grand and Illinois.
You can read more on the Navy Pier flyover (referred to as LFP overpass below) here and here.
Woo-hoo!!! Gonna finally have a hill to climb on the way to work!!!
That's not a hill - it's just the lakefront wind.

Looking forward to the flyover.
envane x said:
Woo-hoo!!! Gonna finally have a hill to climb on the way to work!!!
I kind of like riding on the slant. It really makes you pay attention to what you're doing - you have to oversteer to stay upright and moving straight.

Has anyone noticed or heard of anyone falling into the lake because of this slant?
I have a feeling you're the sole Chicago cyclist who likes it.
Steven Vance said:
I kind of like riding on the slant. It really makes you pay attention to what you're doing - you have to oversteer to stay upright and moving straight.

Has anyone noticed or heard of anyone falling into the lake because of this slant?
I use the LFP in the early mornings for training rides, starting at dawn at the north end. I enjoy the slanted stretch because it is the most wide open, straight a way. I try to sprint the entire length at full effort when it is safe to do so. It and the 40 mph max speed barrier have been my nemisis all season long.
On a nice calm day it is one of my favorite parts of the path. As soon as the wind and cold hit is miserable.



Tank-Ridin' Ryan said:
I have a feeling you're the sole Chicago cyclist who likes it.
Steven Vance said:
I kind of like riding on the slant. It really makes you pay attention to what you're doing - you have to oversteer to stay upright and moving straight.

Has anyone noticed or heard of anyone falling into the lake because of this slant?
I love the slant. It usually the windiest part of the path so you either have a terrific headwind to fight or an awesome tailwind and a wide-open stretch to take advantage of it.

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