More Before-and-After GIF Goodness: Bike Lanes, a Ped Scramble, and BRT

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Images: John Greenfield, Google Street View

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Inspired by a post from Streetsblog USA’s Angie Schmitt, I recently tried my hand at using a new-ish feature of Google Streetview to illustrate how Chicago street transformations have improved traffic safety and made neighborhoods more livable. Google now lets you access archived Street View images, so it’s easy to see how our roadways have changed for the better.

Streetsblog Chicago readers said they enjoyed the last round of before-and-after GIF animations, so here’s a fresh batch, this time using some original photos, rather than just Street Views. Above is a view of the new curb-protected bike lanes on Clybourn Avenue in the Old Town neighborhood, which involved repurposing one of the parking lanes. It’s become an instant hit with cyclists.

Below is the city’s first (and only) pedestrian scramble intersection at Jackson Boulevard and State Street in the Loop. In addition to east-west and north-south crossing phases, the scramble phase allows walkers to cross in all directions, including diagonally.

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Images: John Greenfield, Google Street View

These bike lanes on Vincennes Avenue in the Longwood Manor community show how some paint and flexible poles can transform an overly wide speedway into a calmer, more bikeable street quickly and cheaply. It would be great if the buffers are replaced with concrete curbs in the future.

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Images: John Greenfield, Google Street View

The Loop Link bus rapid transit project is under construction on Madison and Washington streets downtown. This corridor, connecting West Loop train stations with Michigan Avenue, will include dedicated lanes, limited stops, and queue jumps, plus near-level and (eventually) pre-paid boarding. The Washington corridor will include a protected bike lane; the old bike lane on Madison (shown) will be replaced with a PBL on Randolph Street, 2 blocks north.

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Images: Theodore Kloba, Google Streetview

The creation of the Dearborn Street two-way protected lane involved the conversion of one of the three travel lanes on this overly wide thoroughfare. Bicycle traffic on the street has more than doubled since the lanes went in and, thanks to dedicated bike signals, stoplight compliance increased by 81 percent.

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Images: Steven Vance, Google Street View

This post is made possible by a grant from the Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices, P.C., a Chicago, Illinois law firm committed to representing pedestrians and cyclists. The content is Streetsblog Chicago’s own, and Keating Law Offices neither endorses the content nor exercises any editorial control.

  • Deni

    You guys just manage to make me love this site more and more everyday.

  • Another potential chance for amusing and edifying gifs: Maggie Daley Park currently shows on Streetview as the pathways that used to be there.

  • Steven and I were just there yesterday. I’m pleased to report that it’s still possible to shortcut to the Millennium Park bike station on Upper Randolph from the Lakefront Trail at Monroe, via the path that goes by Cancer Survivors’ Garden.

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