The Randolph Street Bridge is Open – Now with Bike Lanes!

As I left work a little early last Friday, to kick off Memorial Day Weekend, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they had re-opened the Randolph Street bridge that spans the Chicago River.

An even nicer surprise was that they put in bike lanes!  And not plated bike lanes as on the Wells street and Webster avenue bridges, but cement bike lanes.


In fact, it looks as though they simply poured the concrete into the bridge gratings.


They’ve been a cinch to ride over and I think I might even prefer them to the plating on the other bridge bike lanes. I wonder if this technique is easier to install than the plating, and I wonder how long it will last?   Time for some of you urban planner-types to weigh in!

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  • Mcass777

    I can feel my heart jumping as I slip over wet bridges!!

  • allison mackey

    The bridge over the river on Harrison also has the cement bike lanes…I love them! I take Harrison more often than any other street over the river…but now I may try Randolph sometimes. Thanks!

    • Ms. Ding

      Cool ! I didn’t know that the Harrison street bridge had those as well. That’s good to know!

  • Dream Dottie

    Nice!!  Should be less slippery in the rain than the plates.