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Chicago Department of Transportation

2 01 2 B i keways - Ye ar i n Rev iew

Franklin Boulevard

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2012 Achievements Barrier Protected Bike Lanes Buffer Protected Bike Lanes Other Bikeways Bike Lanes Priority Bike Lanes Contra-flow Bike Lanes Restriping Bridge Improvements Bike Corrals

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Elston Avenue at Augusta Boulevard

2012 Achievements
The Chicago Department of Transportation [CDOT] followed a ground-breaking year for bike infrastructure in 2011 with an even better 2012. CDOT installed 39 miles of new and restriped facilities, including 27 miles of barrier and buffer protected bike lanes, bringing the number of protected bike lanes installed in Chicago since May 2011 to 30 miles. Achievements in 2012 include: First protected bike lanes in the Loop First two-way protected bike lane in Chicago Numerous bicycle-friendly bridge treatments First priority bike lane Expansion of bike corral parking In addition to installing new lanes, maintenance of existing facilities continued as well. A total of 10 miles of existing bike facilities were restriped in 2012. Ensuring the existing bikeway network is in good condition is just as important as installing new facilities.

MILEAGE BREAKDOWN
Barrier Protected Bike Lanes Pre-2012: 2012: 2.00 miles 9.40 miles

2012 PROJECT LOCATIONS


*Complete listing of 2012 projects available at end of report
A E RNIA AV CALIFOR 2800 W

ORIOLE AV A E 7600 W

A E M AV HARLEM 7200 W

A E E AV W

A E STIN AV 0W

Buffer Protected Bike Lanes

Pre-2012: 2012:

1.00 mile 17.65 miles

HOWA W RD ST

Bike Lanes

Pre-2012: 2012:

133.00 miles 1.20 miles

Marked Shared & Priority Lanes

Pre-2012: 2012:

39.00 miles 0.85 miles

2800 N

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130

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150 miles

A E FULLERTON AV 2400 N

NEW AND RESTRIPED MILES


Barrier Protected Bike Lanes Restriped Bike Lanes

A E HARLEM AV

TOTAL ON-STREET BIKEWAYS: 204 MILES

PA 8

T GE ARMITA 2000 N
A E NORTH AV 1600 N

9.40 mi 24%

10.20 mi 26%

51ST S 5100
55TH S 5500 59T H 5900

63RD 6300

39.30
MILES OF NEW AND RESTRIPED BIKE LANES IN 2012 2.05 mi 5% Other Bikeways 17.65 mi 45%

A E AV

103RD S 10300 107TH S 10700


T 111TH ST 11100 S 115TH ST 11500 S

A E CICERO AV 4800 W

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99TH S 9900

KEDZIE AVE 3200 W

A E RN AV WESTER 2400 W W

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12700 S
A E RACINE AV R 1200 W

ALSTED ST HA

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T TTA COT AVE A

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DR M DR

STO AVE

Buffer Protected Bike Lanes

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Barrier Protected

Barrier Protected Bike Lanes

A E A AV CALIFORNIA 2800 W

VE AV HARLEM A 7200 W

WESTERN AVE 2400 W

ORIOLE AV A E 7600 W

A E E AV W

A E STIN AV 0W

HOWA W RD ST
MANNHEIM RD

Other Bikeways

Elston Avenue - a major commuter route to the northwest side was upgraded with new barrier protected lanes. Lake Street barrier protected lanes provide commuters from the west side with a comfortable route while also calming motor vehicle traffic. 55th Street - received barrier protected lanes as part of a road diet aimed at increasing safety for all roadway users.
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RLEM A HAR 720

Considered best practice where street widths allow, 9.40 miles of barrier protected bike lanes were installed throughout Chicago in 2012. While the two-way barrier protected bike lane on Dearborn Street received much of the attention, a number of other projects were installed citywide, including:

Buffer Protected

DIVERSEY A 2800

EAST RIVER RD 8800 W

Restriping

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51ST ST 5100 W

55TH ST 5500 S 59TH ST 5900 S


63RD ST 6300 S
A E ARLEM AV HA

Bridge Improvements

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A E AV

103RD ST 10300 S 107TH ST 10700 S

Bike Corrals

KOSTN

99TH ST 9900 S

A E KEDZIE AV 3200 W

ALIFORN CA

R CENTRA

WESTE

A E DAMEN AV

T GE GR COTTA AVE

TORRENCE 26

A N WOODLAW 1

R JEFFERY 20

A EN AV 34

DR M L KIN DR

STONY IS 1 A E AV

STA TATE LIN 4

Lake Street at St. Louis Avenue

55th Street at Greenwood Avenue

ELSTON AVENUE at MAGNOLIA AVENUE

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AFTER

LAKE STREET at TALMAN AVENUE

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AFTER

Featured Project: Dearborn Street


Barrier Protected

Other Bikeways

The opening of the Dearborn Street two-way protected bike lane was a landmark moment for CDOT. Dearborn Street marked the first protected bike lane in the Loop, the first two-way protected bike lane in Chicago, and the first bicycle traffic signals in Chicago. One motor vehicle travel lane was removed to install the protected bike lanes, but by installing a two-way protected lane, CDOT was able to minimize impact to other roadway users pedestrians, motorists and transit users. The Dearborn Street project was an exclamation mark for all the bicycle improvements in Chicago in 2012. Locally and nationally, the project garnered positive media attention to the efforts of Mayor Emanuel and CDOT to make Chicago a national leader in bicycling infrastructure.

Buffer Protected

CHICAGO LEAPS TO THE FORE IN BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE WITH PROTECTED DOWNTOWN LANE -Chicago Magazine, December 2, 2012 CHICAGO BIKE ENVY SWEEPS NATION -Streetsblog, December 5, 2012 WHY CHICAGO BUSINESS NEEDS PROTECTED BIKE LANES -Crains Chicago Business, December 11, 2012 FUTURE OF CITYS TRANSIT RIDES ON BIKE LANES -Chicago Sun-Times, December 14, 2012 CHICAGO LIKES BIKES - AND ITS ABOUT TO PROVE IT IN A BIG WAY -Grist, December 14, 2012

Bike Corrals

Bridge Improvements

Restriping

HEADLINES
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A city worker installs a bicycle signal head on Dearborn Street Courtesy Chicago Tribune, 14 December 2012

DEARBORN STREET

DEARBORN STREET at VAN BUREN STREET

BEFORE

AFTER

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Barrier Protected

A E A AV CALIFORNIA 2800 W

VE AV HARLEM A 7200 W

WESTERN AVE 2400 W

ORIOLE AV A E 7600 W

A E STIN AV 0W

A E E AV W

HOWA W RD ST
MANNHEIM RD

Other Bikeways

Buffer protected bike lanes are installed when roadway size or characteristics prevent the installation of barrier protected bike lanes. These lanes protect bicyclists from the door zone of parked vehicles and provide extra space from moving motor vehicles. CDOT installed 17.65 miles of buffer protected bike lanes in 2012, a few notable projects are highlighted here.

Buffer Protected

DIVERSEY A 2800

EAST RIVER RD 8800 W

Restriping

South Chicago Avenue working with the Illinois Department of Transportation, buffer protected bike lanes were installed as part of a road diet intended to reduce excess motor vehicle speeds and make the street more comfortable for all users. King Drive and Ellsworth Avenue - this 3.5-mile stretch of buffer protected bike lanes connects to a number of new and existing bikeways. Wells Street - a major commuter route for bicyclists was upgraded to a buffer protected bike lane to provide more space for commuters converging on Wells Street from numerous North Side bike routes.

RLEM A HAR 720

43R 4

51ST ST 5100 W

55TH ST 5500 S 59TH ST 5900 S


63RD ST 6300 S

Bridge Improvements

A E ARLEM AV HA

NARR

A E AV

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103RD ST 10300 S 107TH ST 10700 S

Bike Corrals

KOSTN

99TH ST 9900 S

KEDZIE 3200 W

ALIFORN CA

R CENTRA

WESTE

A E DAMEN AV

Buffer Protected Bike Lanes

AVE A

T GE GR COTTA AVE

TORRENCE 26

A N WOODLAW 1

R JEFFERY 20

A EN AV 34

DR M L KIN DR

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STONY IS 1 AVE A

STA TATE LIN 4

SOUTH CHICAGO AVENUE at EAST END AVENUE

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AFTER
Halsted Street at Oakdale Avenue

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Barrier Protected

Other Bikeways

Bike Corrals

Bridge Improvements

Restriping

Other Bikeways

Buffer Protected

In 2012, CDOT installed 1.00 miles of new bike lanes, 0.70 miles of priority bike lanes, 0.20 miles of contra-flow bike lanes, and 0.15 miles of marked shared lanes.

130 th Street at Marquette Avenue

Albion Avenue at Winthrop Avenue

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Bike Lanes
Barrier Protected

Bike Corrals

Bridge Improvements

Restriping

Other Bikeways

While new installations of traditional bike lanes tapered off in 2012 in favor of protected bike lanes, traditional bike lanes are still installed on roadways too narrow for protected bike lanes. CDOT is also installing through intersection markings when possible when installing traditional bike lanes to provide bicyclists with guidance through the intersection.

Buffer Protected

130 th Street at Muskegon Avenue

Blue Island Avenue at Paulina Street

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Priority Bike Lanes


Barrier Protected

Other Bikeways

The first priority bikes lanes were installed in Chicago in 2012. These lanes utilize marked shared lanes enclosed by skip dash markings in the middle of a travel lane to alert bicyclists and motorists that bicyclists are expected to take the lane. The pavement markings are also accompanied by Bikes May Use Full Lane signs as an additional reminder to all roadway users. Most notably, priority bike lanes were installed on Wells Street south of Wacker Drive below the El tracks as a continuation of the Wells Street bicycle corridor from the North Side. Priority bike lanes also appear on a short stretch of Desplaines Street and may appear elsewhere in coming years.

Bike Corrals

Bridge Improvements

Restriping

Buffer Protected

Wells St. Priority Lane in the Loop

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Contraflow Bike Lanes


Barrier Protected

Bike Corrals

Bridge Improvements

Restriping

Other Bikeways

Buffer Protected

Contraflow bike lanes allow bicyclists to travel in either direction on a one-way street for motorists. Unlike the two-way barrier protected bike lane on Dearborn Street, contraflow bike lanes are typically used on short stretches of residential roadways to provide greater options in route connectivity for bicyclists. The one contraflow bike lane installed in 2012, on Albion Avenue, provides bicyclists with an alternative to Sheridan Road when riding north in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

Albion Avenue at Lakewood Avenue

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Barrier Protected

Restriping
A E M AV RLEM 0W
T RIVER RD

Maintaining the existing bikeway network is as important to CDOT as expanding the network with new facilities. CDOT places an emphasis on refreshing bicycle markings whenever possible and ensuring other City departments or outside entities properly replace bicycle markings when doing work in the roadway. CDOT also works with local aldermen to refresh bikeways in their respective wards. In 2012, CDOT restriped 10.20 miles of existing bikeways.

Buffer Protected

3200 N
DIVERSE 2

Other Bikeways

Restriping

51ST S 5100

55TH S 5500 59T H 5900


63RD 6300

Bridge Improvements

A E HARLEM AV

1600 N

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O K OA

8700 S

103RD S 10300

Bike Corrals

CICERO 4

A E KOSTNER AV 4 00 W 44

99TH S 9900

PULA

PARK R LP T RA CENT 36

KED

A E CALIFORNIA AV 2800 W

A E L AND AV ASHL 0W 600

A E RNIA AV IFOR 0W

A E RN AV STER 0W

OLE AV A E 0W

A E MEN AV 0W

ZIE AVE 0W

AVE A

W STEW

A HA

T GE GROVE TTA COT

DR M L KING JR 400 E DR

Halsted Street at Aldine Avenue

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A E ORRENCE AV TO 2630 E

STA T TE LINE RD 4100 E

A ENUE O AV 3430 E

N NHEIM RD MAN 10000 W

138T H ST 13800 S

Barrier Protected

Bridge Improvements

1. Halsted (channel) 2. Halsted (river) 3. Clark

Chicago is famous for its bascule bridges spanning our waterways throughout the City. Many of these bridges have open metal grate surfaces that can be uncomfortable for bicyclists to ride on. In 2012, seven bridges were retrofitted to make them bicycle friendly. Several bridges were treated with fiberglass plates to create a smooth surface where bicyclists typically ride, whereas other bridges where treated with concrete infill adjacent to the edge of the bridge to provide a flat surface for bicyclists. Since Mayor Emanuel took office in May of 2011, nine bridges have been made bicycle-friendly.

Other Bikeways

Buffer Protected

4. Jackson 5. Adams 6. Van Buren 7. 18th

Bike Corrals

Bridge Improvements

Restriping

Open grate bridge treated with concrete inll on Van Buren Street

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Barrier Protected

Bike Corrals

After installing the citys first on-street bike corral in 2011 in Wicker Park, CDOT installed an additional four on-street bike corrals in 2012. Bike corrals represent a cooperative effort between CDOT, aldermen, and the local businesses that provide ongoing maintenance for the corral. In place of a parking space for a single car, on-street bike corrals provide parking for up to 12 bikes. Not only is this a convenience for bicyclists, bike corrals free up valuable sidewalk space for pedestrians in high-traffic areas.

Bike Corrals

Bridge Improvements

Restriping

Other Bikeways

Buffer Protected

Bike corral in Pilsen outside Cafe Jumping Bean, 18th Street and Bishop Street

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BARRIER PROTECTED BIKE LANES STREET FROM TO 31st Wells Lake Shore 55th Cottage Grove Dorchester Dearborn Polk Kinzie Desplaines Harrison Kinzie Elston Chestnut Le Moyne West Side Boulevards California Douglas Franklin Central Park Sacramento Jackson Hamlin Central Park Lake Central Park Damen BARRIER PROTECTED TOTAL BUFFER PROTECTED BIKE LANES STREET FROM TO Campbell/Roscoe Belmont Damen Division California Western Wells Wacker Chicago 55th Dorchester Lake Park Elston Milwaukee Chestnut Elston LeMoyne North Franklin Van Buren Wacker Halsted 75th 69th Halsted Diversey Wellington Wabash Cermak 18th Wabash Roosevelt Harrison Clark Oak North South Chicago Baltimore 79th Clark Diversey Addison Halsted Division North Desplaines Roosevelt Harrison West Side Boulevards Douglas Park Garfield Park King/Ellsworth 55th 26th Jackson Ogden Halsted BUFFER PROTECTED TOTAL

MILES 1.30 0.80 1.15 1.00 0.80 1.30 0.75 0.25 2.05 9.40

OTHER BIKEWAYS STREET FROM TO Albion Lakewood Winthrop Wells Madison Wacker 130th Saginaw Baltimore Blue Island Wolcott Ashland Clark Wacker Kinzie OTHER BIKEWAYS TOTAL RESTRIPED BIKEWAYS STREET FROM TO Marquette Eberhart Cottage Grove Damen Lake Potomac Halsted Aldine Addison Kenmore Thorndale Granville Archer Halsted Canal California 24th Cermak Canal Roosevelt Harrison Clinton Roosevelt Jackson Damen 63rd Garfield King Garfield 51st Augusta Damen Ashland Augusta California Western Division Western Leavitt Division Hoyne Milwaukee Ogden Roosevelt Taylor Roosevelt Western Ashland Washington Ogden I-90/94 RESTRIPED BIKEWAYS TOTAL 2012 INSTALLATION TOTAL

MILES 0.20 0.70 0.55 0.45 0.15 2.05

MILES 0.85 0.50 0.70 0.25 0.10 0.15 0.70 0.75 0.25 0.35 0.50 0.75 2.65 1.15 0.50 0.50 2.25 3.55 1.20 17.65

MILES 0.40 1.40 0.40 0.30 0.50 0.30 0.50 0.75 1.00 0.55 0.50 0.50 0.25 0.70 0.20 1.00 0.95 10.20 39.30

PHOTO CREDITS All photos are courtest of the City of Chicago and Sam Schwartz engineering, except for the following: PRIVATE COLLECTIONS Page 7: University of Chicago Page 10: Chicago Tribune, 14 December 2012

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