I hate to keep piling on here, but they really did make the worst possible choice here and I can't understand why. The bike is already tight in normal times. Putting them on the road is such an obvious decision, but even just making the road mixed traffic would have been better.
I haven't seen an explanation of the park board's reasoning, but it seems like they just don't get how people use the trails. (Kind of like how they don't seem to get that plowing all of the trails except the curve at 44th Street is a problem, but I digress.)
The Southwest Journal writer mentioned that the park board was talking about it here, but it wasn't expanded upon.
[tweet]https://twitter.com/ATHazzard/status/12 ... 31681?s=20
The only thing I can think of is that people seem to use the river trails a little differently than the lake trails. The lakes tend to be more leisure, with more peds than bikers and bikes taking it pretty slow, whereas those on the river are often going from one place to another, and so are often moving more deliberately. But still.
Although on the upside, scrolling through Andrew Hazzard's Twitter, he says Sea Salt and Break & Pickle are opening May 15. I thought everything was canceled for the summer. So that's good at least!