Active Trans Announces New Protected Bike Lane in Evanston

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The City of Evanston’s new protected bike lane on Dodge Avenue is open, according to a press release from the Active Transportation Alliance Wednesday.

The bike lane runs from Howard Street to Lake Street, and connects Evanston Township High School to the Church and Davis St. bike lanes.

Beginning on June 20, the project consisted of removing existing pavement markings; restriping the roadway to build a protected bike lane using thermoplastic pavement markings; and the installation of protective bollards.

“Protected bike lanes add much needed safety and comfort for cyclists by using a physical barrier to separate cars and bikes and create an experience similar to riding on an off-street trail,” the press release states.

On Thursday, the City of Evanston and Active Trans will host an introductory bike ride, to review the bike lane’s design and demonstrate how to use the lanes safely to riders. The ride will begin at 6:45 p.m. at the Church St. and Dodge Ave. Divvy Station.