New dedicated bike lanes will be added later this year on Jackson Boulevard between Harlem and Ridgeland avenues, but curb extensions at intersections will still force riders into traffic.
The bike lanes will be added during a resurfacing of Jackson between Harlem and Oak Park avenues later this year. Bike lanes will replace on-street parking along certain sections of the boulevard. Addition of the bike lanes will cost the village an estimated $2,200.
The curb extensions, also known as bump outs, are a safety feature meant to slow traffic.
"In those areas [where bump outs exist] it can't be a dedicated bike lane; it becomes a shared road," said village spokesman David Powers.
Powers said the bump outs were installed several years ago and the village Transportation Commission considered whether to remove them to make room for the bike lanes.
At a commission meeting held early last year, the majority of residents who testified said the bump outs should stay, according to meeting minutes.
Powers could not say how much it cost the village to install the bump outs, but several residents have argued that they have successfully slowed traffic and that it would be irresponsible to remove them.
The decision to remove parking and install dedicated bike lanes goes a step beyond the village's "Oak Park Bicycle Plan," a guide used to make the village more bicycle-friendly. That plan, released in August 2008, recommended shared lanes along the entire length of Jackson
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