Another new buffered bike lane has been installed in Chicago, this one in my neighborhood along the business district. Notice that with this lane the buffer zone is next to parked cars, while with the lane heading into downtown, the buffer zone is next to moving traffic. Even with the buffer, cyclists still need to bike in the outer portion of the bike lane to avoid opening car doors.
There is a buffered lane on the other side of the street, too, and visually the bike lanes make up a big portion of the roadway. This street has always been very bike-friendly with slow and light traffic, but the new buffered bike lanes make it even more so. I consider this low-hanging fruit for CDOT, so while I am happy to see the improvement, I anxiously await improvements where they are most needed – on major routes.