Protected, Buffered Bike Lanes Could Be Installed in Uptown This Year

By Adeshina Emmanuel on October 29, 2013 8:46am 

 An example of a barrier-protected bike lane from the Chicago Department of Transportation website is shown. This lane was installed on Kinzie Street between Milwaukee Avenue and Wells Street in 2011.
An example of a barrier-protected bike lane from the Chicago Department of Transportation website is shown. This lane was installed on Kinzie Street between Milwaukee Avenue and Wells Street in 2011.
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UPTOWN — The city plans to install barrier-protected and buffered bicycle lanes on Broadway in Uptown this year, and officials are coming to the community Wednesday for feedback from motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Chicago Department of Transportation spokesman Peter Scales said Monday the "improved bike lanes" would run in both directions along Broadway, from Montrose to Foster avenues, and that CDOT hopes to start construction this year, "pending the weather."

Ald. James Cappleman (46th) is hosting an open house event Wednesday at his ward office, 4544 Broadway, from 5-7 p.m., that will be attended by city officials seeking feedback from pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists about the bike lanes and other plans for Broadway, including traffic-slowing measures and safety upgrades, such as reducing lanes on the busy four-lane street.

The stretch between Foster and Wilson avenues would get buffered lanes, which are like conventional lanes, but with more space "to keep cyclists separated from motorists in travel lanes and also to keep cyclists further from parked vehicles and opening doors," according to CDOT.

The bike lanes from Wilson to Montrose avenues would be barrier-protected lanes, which use "physical barriers, such as parked cars and bollards, to separate bicyclists from motorists," according to CDOT.

Scales said the project would cost about $200,000, financed mostly from aldermanic menu money designated for infrastructure improvements.

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