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Just rolled in. First ever bike commute.(4 posts)

Just rolled in. First ever bike commute.Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 2, 2004 6:22 AM
Wasn't so bad. A little over an hour. Would have been a little under an hour if I hadn't gotten detoured and somewhat lost. I planned on using a dirt trail for a few miles but it was underwater. I ended up on Northwest Highway (for those who are familiar) in Des Plaines, IL for much longer than I would have liked.

If any Chicago NW suburbanites can get me from Ballard and Rand, where I get beneath 294, to Kensington Business Center near the corner of Central and Rand in Mount Prospect, I would be very grateful.

Feels great,

Can't help with directions, but nice way to start a day, huh? nmscrublover
Jan 2, 2004 6:35 AM
Jan 2, 2004 12:05 PM
I wouldn't want to ride on NW Hwy or any of the major roads from Evanston(well, west of 94) to Mt Prospect; always so many cars on the road that it seems like a never ending rush hour and people don't drive very nicely. They are full of mean chronically unattentive absent-minded bad drivers but then again it's like that just about everywhere in Chicagoland except in certain areas it's much worse.

Having said that according to my Chicagoland Bicycle Federation map and other than staying on Rand("not recommended") you should stay on the Des Plaines River Trail approx. 2 more miles and get off on Central rd near by Oakton Community College. Take Central "cautiously" (narrow road with lots of cars backed up especially in rush hours) west to Rand rd.

BTW, if you didn't know, my map shows the back road route from Evanston:

Take Church st west which turns into Beckwith rd after Chicago River/Linne Woods bike path.

After about 1.75 mile left on Washington then right on Lyons then left on Maryland which turns back into Church st again.

Turn left on Bellaire just before 294 then right on Ballard which is where you ended up.
Jan 5, 2004 6:45 AM
I've got the same map. Unfortunately, the portion of Central they suggest to take "cautiosly" is the worst kind of road. I can't imagine who suggested it. It's a two lane road without an inch of shoulder, 45mph speed limit, and packed during rush hour. I actually feel safer on NW Highway, but not much.

The route I intended to take was Church west from home, turn south to Ballard, cross under 294, north on the DPR trail to Euclid (Lake), west on Euclid to river road, south on River to Kennsington, west on Kensington to the office.