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A Bike Lane That Would Connect Edgewater to Evanston is in the Works

By Linze Rice | January 12, 2016 5:45am | Updated on January 12, 2016 10:08am
 A new bike path would connect Edgewater and Evanston through the 49th Ward.
A new bike path would connect Edgewater and Evanston through the 49th Ward.
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Ald. Joe Moore; CDOT

ROGERS PARK — Plans are underway to build a new bikeway that would connect Evanston, Rogers Park and Edgewater, with a meeting planned at 7 p.m. Thursday in Rogers Park to discuss the matter.

Ald. Joe Moore (49th) said the plan was funded by participatory budgeting in his ward, and the idea sprang up in April when residents formed an advisory council for the project.

Heading north from Edgewater, the plan calls for cyclists to take a route that cuts almost directly through the middle of the ward:

• North on Glenwood from Devon to Pratt

• North on Glenwood one additional block using a contra-flow lane to Farwell

• West on Farwell to Greenview using a contra-flow lane

• North on Greenview to Jonquil

• West on Jonquil to Paulina

• North on Paulina to Juneway

• West on Juneway to Triangle Park using a contra-flow lane

• West across Triangle Park and on to Juneway to reach Chicago Avenue in Evanston

A map of the proposed new path is outlined in yellow, and ushers cyclists from Devon and Glenwood all the way past Triangle Park to Evanston. [Ald. Joe Moore/Chicago Department of Transportation]

Heading south, the route is the same, but would require cyclists to ride against traffic — also known as contra-flow — for one block on Greenview Avenue between Morse and Farwell avenues.

The proposal also includes curb extensions, slightly raised intersections that act as minor speed bumps, improved lighting under CTA viaducts and a "bike box" at Glenwood and Devon, which would allow cyclists to get a head start when crossing the intersection.

Moore said the lane is intended to boost safety for cyclists, but hopes the plan (also spearheaded by the Chicago Department of Transportation) will improve travel conditions for people walking and driving, too.

Additional bikes lanes not connected to this project will be implemented along Clark Street and Pratt Boulevard as well.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Field School auditorium, 7019 N. Ashland Ave.

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