City staff detailed plans for completing Evanston’s bike path along Church Street Monday night and plan to hold a public meeting about it next week.

The plans call for connecting the Davis and Church Street paths through the west edge of Mason Park and then extending the Church Street path from Dodge Avenue to McCormick Boulevard.

City Engineer Sat Nagar told aldermen Monday night that from Dodge to Pitner avenues a new off-street multi-use path would run on Evanston Township High School property just south of Church Street.

Then from Pitner to McDaniel avenues a two-way, median-protected, on-street bike lane would run along the south side of Church Street.

That part of the project would require elimination of 24 parking spaces on the south side of Church.

Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, said additional off-street parking is available on side streets in the area that could make up for the lost parking spaces.

Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, said that at a city-school committee meeting last week ETHS officials said they consider the path to be a critical connector for students riding their bikes to the high school.

Nagar said the exact solution to connect the path over the North Shore Channel to McCormick Boulevard and a planned Church Street bike route in Skokie still needs to be worked out with officials from state transportation department.

The public meeting on the bike path project is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Erie Community Health Center, 1285 Hartrey Ave.

Related document

ETHS Church Mason Park Bike presentation

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. As it is now—
    The lane across from EPL [really Orrington to Chicago Ave.] constantly has delivery trucks and cars parked there and the police don’t even tell them to move.
    It seems the lanes only exist there in name only.

    1. Overstated

      Delivery trucks are not "constantly" in that bike lane. When they are, exercise caution and go around them. 

      1. Lots of Laws, Little Enforcement

        As with the laws banning bike riding on downtown sidewalks [which the Mayor and Police Chief keep saying they will step up enforcement], neither that or the no parking in bike lanes is enforced.

        With bikers on the sidewalks, the police could put a big dent in it by giving out tickets/fines on Clark from at least Orrington to Sherman and Orrington from Davis to Clark—bikers even speed along the narrow strip in front of the hotel and also on the east side.  You have to dodge them all the time.

        As usual the city has many laws but does not enforce them.  Thus people expect other laws will not be enforced. NYC found when they enforced even simple laws, that over-all crime decreased.

        The purpose of the lanes was to provide protection for bikers. All ready there was one bike death on that street—same old business to produce more ?  Recent stories have been substantial rise in biker deaths.

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