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Can we get the city to redo this and admit that they made a mistake with this design?  You’re either about to get right hooked here by cars turning right, without looking for you and or then running over pedestrians standing in the path waiting to cross the street.

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I ride on the street side when it's congested, but yeah, useless design and the typical zero awareness of pedestrians are the norm.

Is anyone aware if CDOT reads thechainlink?

Another example of waste of street space, squandered bike infrastructure-improvement funds, and the public's tolerance for cyclists.


Not sure if they read it here Gage B but you're right. Our dynamic for a number of "protected" bike lanes is that when separated from the auto lanes, they are in some circumstances much more like a new cross street, but located really close to another street and intersection. And yet without a yield sign or something else to inform a cyclist that there is cross traffic. "Legally" and as designed, the designers don't think of it that way, but in the flow, we sometimes see that it is. So that whole Randolph area is fraught with trouble, to wit:

A bike coming west down the grade from the river on Randolph can be moving fast. A car making a right turn from Randolph to head north on Canal becomes north-bound cross traffic at Canal. Then slightly north of that, but very very close, a crossing bike lane (that fast-moving bike) comes across Canal.

Such a cyclist is coming up in the 5 o'clock "blind spot" of the car, and sometimes at a faster speed.

Just imagine all that with cars for a bit. Set up a standard perpendicular intersection. Now put in a new lane parallel and to the right of one of those streets. Have someone in a car drive straight in that new lane and at the same time, have someone in a car who can't see them go ahead and turn right from the original parallel lane. That wouldn't make the car driver turning right an inconsiderate, mean, stupid person. They'd just be a person put in a bad circumstance, and so would be the driver of the other car.

Such may be how the protected bike lane scenario often plays out, right or wrong.

Some other conversation on perhaps similar situations here

Agree that this current bike-lane-on-sidewalk configuration doesn't work. I don't ride through here often, but every time I do I see cyclists just riding in the street, and pedestrians standing in the bike lane on the sidewalk. Some motorists get super aggressive towards cyclists when they have their "own lane" and aren't using it. 

I do see how the designers were kind of boxed in on this one. The viaduct structure prevents any widening or reconfiguration of the roadway. The right lane could be converted into a bike-only lane, but I'm sure IDOT (which has jurisdiction on Randolph) probably dismissed that idea since it would only leave 2 thru-lanes. 

Lately made more challenging to navigate with the homeless person camped out at the end on the sidewalk near Clinton.

The canal/randolph intersection gets all the (well deserved) hate but can we give a little attention to the clusterf*ck where it spits you out at clinton and randolph? Good luck getting through the spot where the bike lane ends and merges into the street, without some difficulty. Bikers on the clinton bike lane who are waiting at the light pull all the way up past the line where they're supposed to queu up, blocking your path where the bike lane on randolph ends. Also blocking your path- pedestrians walking down clinton (waiting to cross randolph), congregating right on top of the bike lane, who always seem surprised to see bikes being spit out of the dark tunnel. You also have a homeless individual who set up camp, blocking the entire sidewalk so that pedestrians have to walk around him and into the bike lane. Also once you navigate around all of that you're now veering to avoid the parked cars and squeeze into fast moving traffic with drivers aggressively trying to zoom their way onto the highway.

It is really awkward there too for sure.  I think the best way to traverse that spot if heading west is actually to turn north on the Clinton bike lane for a block or so and then track west via the Lake Street bike lane over the Dan Ryan and beyond. (There's no north-bound entry from Lake to the highway, so that works a little better as well anyhow.)  Coming the other direction from the west loop heading east, I think it's the Adams bike lane east bound.  How to get those southbound bikes in the Clinton bike lane from shoaling up past the stop line into the pedestrian crosswalk etc. at Randolph?  dunno - big problem there and elsewhere :(


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