So far, we have been pretty fortunate with the lack of snow. The Park District does a pretty good job of plowing the Lakefront Trail each morning that has snow. If the snow comes after the early morning, it usually won't get plowed until the next morning.
Many areas of the Lakefront Trail also get salted. Even if there isn't snow, if there is ice on the Trail it will usually get salted.
The area between the Oak Street Bend and Ohio Street will usually NOT get plowed or salted due to the slant of the pavement. It can be dangerous for vehicles to be tending to the Trail in this area when there is snow or ice present. Occasionally this section will get attention but the general rule is that it won't be plowed or salted.
If you see an area of the Lakefront Trail that is being neglected this winter, please send Randy an email and we will make sure that the Park district is aware of the area.
Activities that may affect your use of the Lakefront Trail December 11-13
Friday, December 11
No permitted activities listed
Saturday, December 12
No permitted activities listed
Sunday, December 13
Rudolph Ramble 8k Run, Lincoln Park, Diversey and Fullerton, 8:30a.m. - Noon
Bears vs Pakers, Soldier Field, Kick off is at Noon
It was only two short years ago that Bush Appointee, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, suggested on the PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer that bicycling facilities were an example of inappropriate, non-transportation use of the federal gasoline tax. Today, Illinois residents can feel proud of current U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who is blogging about the relevance of bike facilities and defending the use of recovery dollars to build them. Bravo Secretary LaHood!
Coburn Report dismisses Recovery-supported bike paths
Should biking advocates be angry that Senator Tom Coburn included two bike paths in his latest list of stimulus "waste?" Or thrilled that the Senator singled them out?
As reported by The Washington Times, Coburn said, "When we run $1.4 trillion deficits, the money we spend ought to be a high priority for the American people as a whole."
What he really means is that, because he doesn't get bikes, no one else does either.
As Liz Oxhorn, a spokeswoman for Vice President Biden put it:
"The real question here is whether Recovery Act critics will at long last acknowledge that well over 99 percent of the projects are sound, effective and working as promised."
I couldn't agree more. We've worked hard this year to get our Recover Act dollars out to the states quickly and effectively. Yes, some of those projects include bike paths, a key ingredient in our livability initiative to allow people to live, work, and get around without a car.
We don't call that waste; we call it progress.
From our Board President Jane Healy:
So. You've stuck it out this far. The cold hasn't stopped you. The rain merely gave you pause. Now the snow is here and you're still riding. Way to go!
You've probably realized by now that riding in the winter means riding the dark a whole lot of the time. Have you recently noticed that your entire winter ensemble is gray/brown/green and black? Or maybe you've noticed pedestrians with a seeming death wish who seem to step in front of you a lot lately. Worse, maybe you've had a 'near miss' of the car variety.
Then you need to come on out and join us this Friday. "Make it bright, make it REFLECTIVE!" is a fun workshop on how you can make yourself and your bike stand out in a crowd like a lit-up reindeer on his way to work Dec. 24th.
Join us Friday evening from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Active Transportation Alliance's offices (9 W. Hubbard, on the 4th floor). We'll show you some of the cool products out there for lighting yourself up (yes, you can actually see Hokey Spokes, Monkey Lectric and BikeGlow lights in person, not to mention a butt-load of blinkies and headlights), show you how to make yourself safer on the road in an urban environment, let you play with reflectors (yes, you CAN cover your bike in OHSA reflective tape, and we can show you how!), and even share the fleecy wealth from the BikeWinter sweatshops so that you, too, can have a free Curious George balaclava or fuzzy puppy neck gaitor.
Feel free to bring your dinner or something to share. Light refreshments will be provided.
Crafty people are encouraged to bring their imaginations and their bike gear that needs enlightening.
Warning: reflective stickers WILL be applied!
Five or six of the region's top city planners now work for towns in the Chicago Southland; traditionally, the Southland has been like the La Brea Tar Pits for municipal planners (who, admittedly, are sometimes like dinosaurs).
But that professional capacity is growing now for all sorts of reasons - fat kids, global warming, empty nesting, stimulus funding, the threat from new suburban edge communities. Here, one of those Southland top talents, Blue Island's Jodi Prout, gets some recognition from the Natural Resources Defense Council's publication, OnEarth.
As a bonus, check out the snooty caption beneath the picture of State Street in Chicago. Someone's a hater!
Think bicycling along with wearing white ends on Labor Day? Think again. This edition of Active Transportation Alliance and Friends of the Park’s Creative Living in the City Lecture Series highlights ways for you stay biking during Chicago’s winter wonderland.
When: 12:15-1:15 Thursday Dec. 10
Where: Chicago Cultural Center in the Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington
The Chainlink (www.thechainlink.org), Chicago bicycling's online community, has blossomed from an idea to more than 2,500 members in 18-months. The Chainlink founder Leah Neaderthal, will discuss how online tools can reinforce and, in some cases, build a community that is based on pedaling away from a computer.
Lauren Sailor, co-chair of Chicago Bike Winter (www.bikewinter.org), will also join Leah to talk about this grassroots organization that provides a variety of classes, promotion and community to help keep you going through the snow and chill.
The Active Transportation Alliance is pulling together a volunteer committee to work with our staff in developing a Candidates Questionnaire for the 2010 elections. The committee would work together to develop the actual questions asked and help disseminate the responses. Interested people should email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you know of a road or intersection that is impossible to cross?
We want to see it!
Document it through video and post it on YouTube. Then let us know. We will select a video at the end of February that best shows the need for a law requiring drivers to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.
The winning person will receive a one-year premium Active Transportation Alliance Membership and T-shirt.
Your video should:
If you are interested in participating in this content, please email your contact info to email@example.com or call 312.427.3325 x229.
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