The recent warm weather was still not enough to melt all of the ice from the Trail south of Fullerton or all the way around the Oak Street Bend. From the Oak St. Bend to Ohio Street, the Trail is now clear of ice. You can easily ride this section but there is still ice around the Bend itself.
The soft-surface Trail is still the best option south of Fullerton. There was some mud and standing water in this section of the Trail this morning but most of this had turned to ice as the temperatures dropped this evening.
Ardmore south to Foster remains dotted with ice and snow. Use caution in this area as the temperatures stay below freezing for the rest of the week.
We have not had warm enough weather yet to melt the significant ice just south of Fullerton or around the Oak Street Bend. The dirt path to the west of the Trail, just south of Fullerton, is firm and in good condition for a brief detour in that area.
The Oak Street Bend to Ohio Street alternative is typically Inner Lake Shore Drive via the Oak St. and Ohio St. underpasses. Both underpasses are in good shape.
The only other ice between Ardmore and Museum Campus is north of Foster. That ice, however, is patchy and if you are careful and ride in a straight line over the brief icy sections, it is passable.
The Northbrook Bike Task Force has been working to update the zoning code in Northbrook to include more facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians. In part, they were working on linking bicycle parking requirements to land use. The proposed ordinance would require bicycle rack facilities to be planned and installed as part of certain new business developments or change in zoning of a business within Village borders.
This ordinance mirrors others that are already in place regionally and throughout the country, including Wheeling and Schaumburg.
Regrettably, the Northbrook ordinance failed to pass.
If you are a resident of Northbrook, now is the time to please contact the Village Manager Richard Nahrstadt at 1225 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL 60062 or 847-272-5050 and express your desire to see this ordinance become part of the Village Code. Your local advocacy can help see this improvement to fruition!
Oak Park understands snow-clear sidewalks make it easier for pedestrians to get around. But they also knnow that not everyone can get out there and shovel. The village is urging anyone who would like to volunteer to help others in the Oak Park community clear their sidewalks is urged to call 708.358.5700 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Treehugger blogged yesterday on new LEED homes in communities with failing Walk Scores.
Some developers in the southwest suburbs are pursuing LEED certification for their new subdivisions that are built on empty land, miles from jobs, stores and schools. So, that means you can exchange 20% of your utilities bill for doubling or tripling the time you and your kids spend in the car.
I live in an old bungalow that can't keep the upstairs - Active Trans' southland office - warmer than 58 when the temperature drops below 20 outside, and this with zoned heating. But, I don't use my mini-van for much of anything. (Except my job, it seems: covering a territory from Portage, Ind. to Plainfield, I claim the vast majority of Active Trans's carbon footprint, which is how I justify not doing it. It's for the planet!) We picked a south suburban town and a location within it that made car use an option for most of our travel , not a requirement, and we don't choose that option much. Dairy Queen is three blocks away.
But my town (and its weather) is just short of perfect, so I have to drive and sometimes I have to make my daughter go with me. My kid HATES being in cars, feels car rides are a COLOSSAL waste of her precious, super-important 10-year old prima donna time, and hates me for it when it happens.
Weird mole fur or whatever (really, it's like hairy paper) as insulation in my roof? A COLOSSAL waste of time for her to even TRY to hate me for that. Especially when making her get in the damn car does such a good job.
Overall, the kid likes me; we walk and bike most of the places important to us both, and sometimes I have to walk behind her, but that's not hate, just love percolating through pre-teen hormones. LED lighting and radiant flooring bring no benefit to me here.
How my family gets around, our self-powered mobility, has enormous impact on our lives. As for my radiating house, I wear a stocking hat when I'm at work, make the little dog lie down on my feet, and keep the stair doors closed.
I've got a LEED certified lifestyle, and a LEED certified kid ("Whatever....," cue eye roll). I should get that tatooed somewhere visible, bask in the glow. Wish the home scored better. But I'll choose the lifestyle and my daughter every time.
We're honored that it's one of ours! Bike the Drive was named Chicago’s Best Cycling Event 2009 by Competitor Magazine in a poll of readers and online visitors...all of us at Active Trans are very pleased with this news.
Registration for this amazing ride (Chicago's Best Cycling Event) is already open and you can save $5 signing up through Feb. 28.
Hope to see you all enjoying car-free Lake Shore Drive this year!
Our hands-down favorite Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, is on a self-described "rampage" to put an end to distracted driving (which you may remember was Webster's 2009 Word of the Year).
LaHood has launched FocusDriven, an advocacy organization dedicated to eliminating what they call "cell phone driving."
I rode the entire length of the Lakefront Trail this afternoon. The south side is generally in good shape. Around the Shedd Aquarium and next to McCormick Place, there is only a narrow section of bare pavement. Where the Tail parallels 71st Street, there is significant ice covering the width of the Trail. If you ride in this area, please do so with extreme caution.
The underpass at Ohio Street is clean. The east side of the Oak Street underpass is now clean but the west side remains snow covered. The underpass at North Ave., at least on the east side, is now clean (I didn't ride on the west side of this underpass).
The Lakefront Trail had a fresh layer of salt from Ardmore to Foster, which should help to melt some of the remaining ice on that section of the Trail. Bare pavement was present from Foster to Oak Street except for one small section between the Totem Pole and where the Trail crosses Recreation Drive. Snow covers the Trail in this area, which is on a curve, so it is potentially dangerous for that 25 or so foot section.
The Oak Street underpass is snowy and icy but I was able to ride it this Monday (1/11) morning without dismounting.