The City of Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and I are interested in hearing your views on the proposed 49th Ward bike route.
The proposal is the result of a two-year process in which a committee of neighborhood residents, including volunteers in my Participatory Budgeting process, worked with CDOT officials to develop a proposed north-south bike route that will give cyclists a clear route through the 49th Ward, connecting the Edgewater community on the south to the City of Evanston on the north. Though the proposed plan is focused on cyclists, the improvements along this corridor will make it safer for people on foot by slowing down speeding cars and improving sight lines.
This route would be in addition to the bike improvements approved though Participatory Budgeting, which will result in shared bike lanes on Clark Street and Pratt Boulevard. We hope to secure additional federal funds by leveraging Participatory Budgeting money approved by the voters.
I held a community meeting on the proposal about two and a half weeks ago and have been receiving input and suggestions ever since. This is is your last chance to provide feedback.
If you weren’t able to attend the community meeting last month or you attended, but have additional thoughts and comments, please provide them to me now by replying to this email. The public comment period concludes at the end of this week.
Below is the information that CDOT presented to neighborhood residents at last month’s community meeting:
Slide presentation (PDF), which provides an overview of the proposal.
Presentation posters (PDF) which provide a block-by-block breakdown of the proposal.
Below is a map of the proposed route (highlighted in yellow):
In summary, the proposed northbound route would take bicyclists on the following path through 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
The proposed southbound route would follow the reverse route, requiring a contra-flow lane on the block of Greenview between Morse and Farwell.
The suggested improvements along the route include:
- A “bike box” (see first photo below) at Glenwood and Devon to provide cyclists with a head-start in crossing the intersection;
- Curb extensions (see second photo below) at various intersections to give pedestrians a shorter distance to cross streets;
- Raised intersections, which act as modest speed humps; and
- Improvements to viaduct lighting at the CTA viaducts at Pratt and Glenwood and Greenview and Sherwin.
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