Separate Bike And Pedestrian Lanes On Chicago’s Lakefront Bike Path

As previously discussed on this site, there have been numerous accidents  on Chicago’s Lakefront Bike Path.  The path, which roughly parallels Lake Shore Drive for most of its length, is very popular especially during weekends in the summer months.  This popularity has led to the path being very crowded at times, with people running, walking, rollerblading and bicycling.  As well, many people walk across the bath to go to the beach or other areas along the lakefront.

There have been various collisions among people, with some leading to serious injuries.  One such accident was discussed on the December 16, 2014 post titled “Accidents On Chicago’s Lakefront Bike Path” in which a collision between a bicyclist and runner led to the runner being hurt, with injuries including various serious head injuries.

There have been efforts to make the path safer for all users.  One idea that is being implemented is to divide the bike path, with separate lanes for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The Chicago Sun-Times article of November 26, 2017, titled “Part of lakefront trail re-opens with separate bike/pedestrian lanes” discusses the recent implementation of these separate lanes along part of the path.

An excerpt from the article:

It is the latest accomplishment in the city’s piecemeal construction plan to create separate lanes along the entire 18-mile lakefront path that runs between Ardmore Avenue in the Edgewater neighborhood and 71st Street in the South Shore neighborhood.

The entire project is slated for completion by the end of 2018.

The goal is to decrease the chance of dangerous collisions on one of the nation’s busiest trails. It’s used by an estimated 100,000 people daily on summer weekends.

Additional details concerning these lakefront path safety issues can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


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