Chicago To Add Concrete Barriers To Bicycle Lanes

Multiple news outlets including Block Club and the Chicago Tribune reported last week that the Chicago department of transportation will be adding concrete barriers to all dedicated bike lanes by 2023.

This isa monumental step forward for bike safety advocates in Chicago. Chicago has proven to be one of the most bicyle friendly cities in the country, but has had to deal with a multitude of safety issues as more bike lanes were laid out throught the city. The concrete barriers provide much needed protection for both bicyclists and drivers.

The city will add concrete barriers to 15 miles of bike lanes by the end of 2022 and make the same upgrades to another 13 miles by the end of 2023, said Erica Schroeder, spokesperson for the Chicago Department of Transportation. Those 28 miles of bike lanes currently have bollard or delineators separating them from the roadway, Schroeder said.

The city also will add another 10 miles of new protected bike lanes this year, totaling 45 miles of lanes throughout the city with either a concrete barrier, bollard or delineator.

Beleow is a list of bicycle lanes that will get concrete barriers this year:

  • Kinzie Street between Milwaukee and Wells
  • Lake Street between Pulaski and Damen
  • Logan Boulevard between Rockwell and Diversey
  • Milwaukee Avenue between Addison and Irving, Chicago and Division and Kinzie and Ohio
  • Independence Boulevard between Douglas and Harrison
  • Douglas Boulevard between Independence and Sacramento
  • 119th Street between Ashland and Halsted and the Major Taylor Trail

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a Chicago bike accident or Chicago traffic accident, then call Chicago personal injury lawyer, Aaron J. Bryant, for a free legal consultation at 312-614-1076.