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Mayor Daley, Bicycles, And The City Of Chicago(11 posts)

Mayor Daley, Bicycles, And The City Of ChicagoSmeagol
Jun 19, 2003 5:18 AM
Hey Chicagoians, does Mayor Daley continue to push the outer boundaries of what is sane in our city? Is there no stopping the Daley political machine? A few months ago he went in a destroyed Miegs Field in the midnight hour. He is turning Miegs into a park now where you can play Ping Pong. He included cyclist in his next parks plan which is in Melieneum Park. He proposed this week to build a $2,000,000 bicycle garage in the middle of the park. Daley, a cyclist himself, proposes that the city run a bicycle repair shop as well as store bicycles and provide showers for bicyclist. Everytime the city does stuff like this, it puts more people on the bike paths that take up valuable space. A better solution would be to widen bike paths along LSD, so the riding on the Lake Front isn't as busy. As for the public showers, I don't want to even imagine who will be taking showers in those facilities and the other possible chaotic behavoir that might go on as well. I think the city could use the money in a much better way. When I ride downtown, my bike never leaves mine or a friends site. I think the money could be spent better elsewhere.

On another issue, bicycling magazine ranks Chicago as one of the best bicycle cities in the country. I guess they don't deal with Chicago drivers when they are doing the ranking? Are they riding in Chicago on Sunday mornings at 5:30 a.m. or what? I think it might have to do with Mayor Daley's political machine and kooky ideas like the bicycle garage.
"Taking up valuable space"???rollo tommassi
Jun 19, 2003 8:19 AM
This is a wonderful post, full of little political landmines and pungy sticks at the bottom of the slippery slope of elitism.

Ah, yes....elitism.....

I can't help but wonder why you believe that the more people ride, the less enjoyable the world is for you?

I just hate it when I can't ride my personal best ITT between North Avenue and Irving Park because there are so many people taking up my bike path!

As for Millenium Park (ha ha, which Millenium will it be completed in time for?), I'm looking forward to this chaotic behavior you describe. It can't be any worse than drunken idiots running onto baseball fields and attacking umpires.

Perhaps the 'money' could be used elsewhere, but I'm guessing that it is ISTEA money that can't be used for anything else but alt. transport solutions.

I'm voting for Daley exactly because he scorched Meigs Field; sadly, I can't get him to do the same with Soldier Field (which now looks like a souffle that has exploded..)

As for Chicago drivers, I can say that they have gotten better over the past 20 years - perhaps this is due to so many drivers having become cyclists themselves, and can appreciate the valuable space we all share on the road.
I'd rather ride in Chicago than in Park RidgeKristin
Jun 19, 2003 8:27 AM
LOL. I loved your post. I'm not sure about the Meigs Field deal. I have no personal interest in its existence, but he didn't play fair on that one. One thing that I do find refreshing about Daley is that he speaks his mind. I never have to worry about whether or not he's padding his agenda and pandering to campaign contributors. He says what he wants and then does everything to get it. Even if its a little slick, its always done legally.

I will say that riding is lots safer inside the city limits, than outside of them.
Jun 19, 2003 9:17 AM
Are you in Park Ridge? I work at Higgins/Dee and often ride to and from the office. If you'd like to meander, let me know.
I'm not Kristin, butrollo tommassi
Jun 19, 2003 10:55 AM
the Higgins/Dee area is pretty tricky! I've got a partial route out of the city via Talbott Rd., but once I get into Arlington Heights (Talbott curves underneath 294 and it becomes Algonquin Rd?) it's no good. I'd like to keep going further north, but haven't had much luck finding a decent/safe route

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

Can you handle a little dirt?Alex-in-Evanston
Jun 19, 2003 11:13 AM
You're right on top of the DPR trail. Just hop on and turn around when you've gotten to Wisconsin (with a little hiccup at Lake Cook).

Otherwise, head a bit east and take Harlem. That's a safe route north all the way up through Glenview. Once you're in Glenview you've got options galore.

Can you handle a little dirt?rollo tommassi
Jun 19, 2003 11:54 AM
I did see the DPR, just past 294, but it wasn't even crushed limestone...I could see my 20cc tires going in up to the hubs in mud!

Maybe I should just take Harlem and avoid it...too bad, as Talcott/Algonquin is nice.
I'm not Kristin, butWrigleyRoadie
Jun 19, 2003 11:28 AM
Even if I'm going southeast to the city, I usually hop on the Branch Trail at Devon and Milwaukee - I think it's in Niles at that point. I follow that to Lake Cook Road and then decide to add on by going to Highland Park, or turn south down Sheridan.
Hmmm. I might be able to help ya.Kristin
Jun 19, 2003 1:16 PM
Give me a day or two to scout a couple maps. Do you want to head northwest, towards Barrington??
Exactlyrollo tommassi
Jun 19, 2003 1:49 PM
Barrington would be good too, but I'm looking to making a loop up thru Buffalo Grove to Riverwoods. Then I can cut back east for home. So it's giant loop from The Loop (so to speak) up Elston Ave, cut over to Talcott on Bryn Mawr...continue onwards.....
Not Park Ridge. AuroraKristin
Jun 19, 2003 1:19 PM
I used to live in the NW burbs, and so I still travel up there quite a bit. My hairdress, dentist and friends all live out that way. I was just in Park Ridge on Saturday. But typically, you'll find me 40 miles to the southwest.