The 2-way bike lane

Last winter, South Dearborn in the Loop was reconfigured to make way for the first two-way bike lane in Chicago.

Dearborn bike lane, © 2013 Celia Her City

One of the parking lanes was moved away from the curb to create a protected space for the two-way passage of bikes.  To control the bike traffic, special stoplights for bicyclists were installed.  Except for one lane of cyclists traveling south (at the far right in this picture), the rest of the traffic, whether cars or bicycles, is traveling north.

The system is now ending its first busy season.  As far as I can tell it’s gone okay, though I have seldom seen many bikers using the route.

The abundance of signals can be confusing.  Lights for bikers may be green when those for cars are red, so everyone has to look carefully at the lights to be sure of following the right ones.

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