New 'protected' bike lane causing confusion

June 24, 2011 3:13:57 PM PDT
The city's new ''protected'' bike lane along a half-mile stretch of Kinzie Street may taking some getting used to for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

The lanes feature flexible posts separating the bike lane from traffic.

But some sections of the bike lanes have not been painted with "bicycles only" signage yet. That's causing some drivers to mistake them for additional car traffic lanes.

The city says recent rains delayed efforts to finish painting the lanes, which will provide a safer connection between Milwaukee Avenue and Wells Street, both popular corridors for bicycle commuters.

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