Evanston aldermen Monday night approved a staff plan that will see installation of bike lanes on Sheridan Road delayed until 2017.

The delay is to allow time to complete utility work along the roadway next year, and not add to traffic congestion when work on the Emerson Street, Green Bay Road and Ridge Avenue intersection is underway in 2016.

The latest version of the plan would place a two-way bike lane on the east side of Sheridan from Central Street south to Chicago Avenue and continue it on the east side of Chicago Avenue south to Davis Street.

An earlier version of the plan would have placed the bike lanes on the west side of Chicago Avenue, setting up the potential for a more complicated crossing at the Sheridan-Chicago intersection.

Under the new plan, Sheridan would be reduced to three automobile traffic lanes north of Northwestern Place, to eliminate the need to widen the roadway to accommodate the bike lanes, but it would be widened by about eight feet south of that.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Smart move for a city that is

    Smart move for a city that is spending way to much money on low priority things that can wait to later.

  2. An article about this is Sept

    An article about this is Sept. 30 Daily Northwestern says 'Aldermen said they want to see a more comfortable relationship among bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians throughout the city. Ald. Mark Tendam (6th) said a middle ground needs to be established to alleviate hostilities that have been seen among the different groups."


    In all the talk about bikes and cars, pedestrians [and their responsibility ] are seldom mentioned.

    Around NU [even public sidewalks] and downtown, you often see students walking on the left, center and meandering back and forth over the whole sidewalk. Also walking 3-6 across and none moving when other pedestrians [or bikes which many times are going much too fast] are coming towards them, forcing that person to the grass or curb.  Of course they are often so engrossed in their phones or music that there is no way they would hear anyone behind them or a bike bell.

    Adults do this but maybe they were NU grads and still have not go over being "special people" that laws and curtosy were not meant for.

  3. NU Senate—Close Sheridan to vehicle traffic !

    "An amendment Senate approved with the resolution recommended the task force consider a long-term possibility of closing down a part of Sheridan Road passing through the University to “all or most vehicle traffic” in order for the road to be reclaimed as a “public space.” See dailynorthwestern /2016/10/13/campus/asg-senate-calls-for-reduced-speed-limit-closing-sheridan-road-following-student-death/

    Are they in LA land ?
    Personally I'd like to see traffic prohibited on a lot of streets and people start walking, biking and taking public transportation, but come on !
    Traffic on Sherman and Orrington would be a disaster.

  4. Reduce lanes on Sheridan

    Again with crazy stuff ?!?!?!?

    Didn't the city council learn ANYTHING about reducing lanes after the roll out of the Dodge corridor bike lanes and loosing SEVERAL resident parking spaces ??? Let me spell out non-crazy for you. Do not reduce lanes on Sheridan, if NU needs or wants more safe bicycle lanes, have NU (with their vast monatary reserves) expand the sidewalk along Sheridan by utilizing Five-Feet into their parkway/property. Designate that new segment as a bicycle lane, even designing some type of barrier separating the pedestrian walkway from the bicycle lane. Evanston's street are not built for narrowing them anymore than they already are. Evanston is a very old city and the narrow streets were planned while automobiles were still a fad. Take a look at sheridan Road during morning and evening rush, just think of what that will be like if the roadway narrows to three lanes instead of four.

    Lastly, consider this… If there is an emergency and the city needs to be evacuated, there are very few main streets to use as an escape route. Narrowing more main streets (again, take a look at Dodge) is ill-conceived at best and idiotic at worst.

    1. Why need for bike lanes in street ? Not thought through

      Apparently some object to cyclists [mostly NU] on the sidewalks, mainly Sheridan. So the city and some people want them to bike on Sheridan ! and become more fodder for cars.

      Bikes and pedestrians should be able to co-exist on Sheridan and most places, if pedestrians would stay on the right side–not left, center ,random walk.–not walk more than two abreast, make room for other pedestrians trying to pass them or coming from the other direction.

      Bikers should not use the sidewalks as race tracks no matter how fast they think they need to get to classes, or home to watch

      TV. Pedestrians should not have their heads in their hand-held devices, nor their brains in the "Matrix." And certainly bikers should not be using any hand-held device or lost in their "tunes."

      Certainly bikers have an obligation to use common sense, obey laws and not speed.  But from all the bikers on downtown sidewalks with signs saying bike riding is prohibited—they still do so even when told it is illegal. Does NU or parents teach them to read or at least  understand pictures or any respect for the laws ?

      Riding on Sheridan no matter how many lane protector, will bring more accidents and probably deaths.

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