What were Mayor Daley and the previous Transportation commissioners waiting for when it came installing modern and then-innovative bikeway facilities?
Why have Rahm Emanuel, Gabe Klein, and the Chicago Bicycle Program installed every modern and previously-innovative bikeway treatment under the sun in just three days? The project’s not over, but a lot has happened since Monday.
On Day 3 of construction of the Kinzie Street protected bike lane, CDOT builds (photos from the Bicycle Program’s Flickr photostream):
Bike-only left turn on southbound Milwaukee to Kinzie (perfect)
Through-intersection bike lane using European-style “yield squares” (okay, they’re actually called elephant’s feet)*
Same yield squares (elephant’s feet) at driveways.
New signage telling turning drivers to stop for people walking across the street and riding their bikes.
*I always forget that Chicago created its first through-intersection bike lane at Sheridan and Ardmore, at the north terminus of the Lakefront Trail, to get bicyclists onto the on-street bike lane network.