CHICAGO (UKTN) – The bike paths along North Milwaukee Avenue run for miles, for the most part, without a hitch, all the way to near the Six Corners in Portage Park, where a new ramp worries some for their safety.
If it wasn’t enough to dodge the traffic, cyclists on Milwaukee Avenue now face the new danger crossing the designated cycle lane.
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“If you hit that with your front wheel or with a pedal or a bag it could make you lose control and crash,” said rider Brendan Kevenides.
He is an avid cyclist and he is also a lawyer who deals with bicycle injury cases.
In March, he noticed and flagged the ramp into town as he passed.
“I didn’t know why it was there, but it was clear that it was something that cyclists might miss,” he said.
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Ryan Companies is behind the project to build and add the new ramp.
On Twitter, a user wrote to the company saying, “I came across your book on the Milwaukee bike path where your project is located. It’s invisible at night and I crashed into it.
“It was in a strange place, to be sure,” Kevenides said. “It’s in the middle of the block and to get to it you either have to cross the middle of the street or take the bike paths in the wrong direction. “
After several complaints, Ryan Companies added cones and reflectors this week where previously there was nothing to warn cyclists
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“There has to be a safe way to avoid it which is obvious,” Kevenides said.