Today’s snowfall proved troublesome for Chicago’s first protected bike lane in the loop.

January 25, 2013

Source: WBEZ

© Jerome McDonnell

© Jerome McDonnell

Today’s snowfall proved troublesome for Chicago’s first protected bike lane in the loop. Resident year-round cyclist Jerome McDonnell took these photos of the two way cycle track on Dearborn and had this to say about the situation:

It was designed for safe biking, but not when conditions are most dangerous.

The only place there was snow on the street in the Loop was the swanky new bike lane this morning. I thought the city had a plan on this, but maybe not. The building across from city hall was actually shoveling show into the bike lane. I saw a woman fall trying to cut across the pile.

Maybe when it really snows a lot we’ll get to see plan in action.

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  1. Bike lanes tend to be too narrow for a full-sized plow. This is especially true when the lane is a PROTECTED lane. Not only is the width issue prominent but the PVC bollards have to be preserved. The European solution to this is a smaller, narrower machine that serves more like a snow blower than a plow. I do not know whether the City of Chicago has invested in these types of devices. I certainly hope so, because having a plow tear up all that pretty green paint in a single season is heartbreaking.

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