Lakefront Trail signage improvement under way

Staff Writer

The Chicago Park District is installing signs and trail graphics like painted bicycle outlines or the word “Look” along the newly separated paths of the Lakefront Trail in Hyde Park and Kenwood, seeking to mitigate the potential for injuries resulting from pedestrians and bicyclists accidentally entering each other’s rights-of-way.

Hyde Parkers have recently raised concerns and reported close calls on the newly separated trails.

A Park District spokeswoman said that, while the trail separation along the Kenwood and Hyde Park lakefronts is mostly complete, work remains on installing trial signs, site cleanup and landscape restoration. She estimated that work would be completed by the end of September.

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said that trail graphics have been installed over the past week and that the Park District is considering putting more signage down the Lakefront Trail to its terminus at the South Shore Cultural Center. She praised constituents who have pressed for more safety infrastructure on the Trail.

“It is always a group effort,” said Hairston. “The community are our eyes and ears. We do our own, but it is better when we work together.”