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Runners, Bikers Would Have Separate Lakefront Trail Paths Under City Plan

By Ted Cox | March 21, 2016 4:32pm
 Cyclists, joggers and pedestrians vie for the right of way at the Fullerton junction, one of
Cyclists, joggers and pedestrians vie for the right of way at the Fullerton junction, one of "bottleneck areas" on the lakefront bike and running path.
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CITY HALL — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to announce a plan Tuesday to divide the lakefront running path from the bicycle path in "bottleneck areas" on the North and South Sides.

According to mayoral spokeswoman Kiera Ellis, the two paths will diverge as the city repaves seven miles of track for runners and cyclists from Fullerton Avenue to Ohio Street on the North Side and from 31st Street to 51st Street on the South Side.

Ellis said Monday it would "free up the bottleneck areas" where runners and cyclists can be pinched together. The Park District will also be adding dotted lines in other areas to clearly mark the division between the running path and the bike path over the other seven miles of track, as it's being repaved over the next three years.

The cost of the project, originally reported in the Tribune, was not yet available.

Emanuel was expected to give details on the project Tuesday, including a plan to create "gathering spaces" along what's considered the Burnham Wildlife Corridor south of the Museum Campus, an initiative announced Monday.

Emanuel's Tuesday's news conference is tentatively set for Hamilton Park in Englewood.

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