Nearly 100,000 Chicago residents a day visit Lakefront Trail in the summer months. Rise of serious crashes between cyclists and pedestrians led to the start of the city’s ‘separation project’ back in the fall of 2016. This Monday, Mayor Emanuel broke ground on the next phase that will separate the trail on Chicago’s north end from Ardmore to Montrose. The phase is expected to be completed by the end of this summer.
The new adjustments have been met with some criticism. According to several Uptown residents, the new arrangement will cause more conflict between north and southbound bikers and pedestrians making their way to sports fields and the beach. The new trail paths, for both cyclists and pedestrians, are to be set near the water. This differs from other divisions of the trail. Residents are concerned that this disrupts historic paths, creates a longer route for bikers, and creates conflict for those with disabilities who will have to cross the bike path.