We had some snow last week and I rode to my office in downtown Chicago through some snowy, icy, unplowed bike lanes and it wasn’t real fun. Then I flew to LA for the rest of the week for work – which was a little more fun, or at least, a little more sun. Today I came back to more of the same : snow, cold, and messy bike lanes. We had snow over the weekend, but by this morning most of the bike lanes were plowed, except where businesses along them had decided to shovel back into the lanes, making them icy and dangerous at times. This was my report from this morning:
Kinzie Bike Lane:
Eastbound lanes report: Clear except for just west of the bridge – kinda slippery, be careful. Bridge plates are in pretty good shape now though. The big pile of snow blocking the lane at the Merchandise Mart (from them pushing their snow there) is now a GIANT pile of snow & will probably be there until Spring.
Westbound lanes report: will report tonight.
Dearborn Bike Lane:
Not bad but the lanes going down the hill towards Kinzie are slushy and icy now – probably very slippery during the evening commute – I am considering walking that stretch. Bridge looks good. 55 W. Wacker building continues to push ALL their sidewalk snow into the bike lane making it kinda difficult at the intersection around that grate.