How is it?
I've been seeing on facebook that 's a ghost town today. True?
Were you able to park your bike as usual?
I got downtown by ~8 AM. Nothing was happening at that point. I was able to park my bike easier than usual because, I'm guessing, less people are commuting.
The streets were pretty festive around 1:00 PM when I went to the Nurse Rally.
Not a ghost town, but when I walked the block to the Daley Center for a 10:30 am call, I passed more police officers than civilians.
I was able to park my bike as usual, in it's usual spot.
On a more tragic note, a package from Amazon was turned away at the lobby of my building at 10:23 am. My building management apparently made the decision not to allow suspicious packages from Amazon.com until next Tuesday.
I didn't ride because I'm fighting off the last bits of a cold. The train coming in was much emptier than normal. It's almost always standing room only, and sometimes full to the point that people get left behind. Today I got a seat. When I went for coffee most of the people out were police or private security. At lunch on the east side of the loop it felt sort of like a Saturday.
I rode and it was quiet. I even went to the rally at the Daley Center to check it out. It was peaceful.
Putting aside what appears to be a massive overreaction, the City shut down the sidewalk along 10-20-30 S. Wacker, and because of that my building had to close the exits on that side and shut down the bike room until Tuesday. 10 S. Riverside also completely fenced off the plaza right across the river, enveloping about 20 bike spaces. Consequently, it was hell trying to find a space around there this morning (as a tenant of 10 S Wacker, I have the privilege of being able to use the racks on the river side of that building, but because the bike room was blocked off, the racks were bursting at the seams). But when I left at 4, the racks were mostly gone.
I think this might have been the first day my commute up the lakefront was more eventful than downtown. I wasn't quite prepared for the giant concrete barriers that had been installed under the pedestrian bridge all the way down by 31st this morning, but by the time I got to the obstacle course of iron fencing and barriers up by Museum Campus it was kind of fun.
Downtown was pretty empty when I got to work. I work on LaSalle near the Board of Trade and usually the bike racks in front of my building are pretty full, but I was the only one this morning. The best part of the day, by far, was getting in the elevator to head up to my office (still in my bike shorts and carrying my helmet under my arm) and having a short older businessman in ill-fitting jeans turn to me to say "Well, we sure look like the 99% today, don't we?" like I had come up with the best disguise ever.
The best part of the day, by far, was getting in the elevator to head up to my office (still in my bike shorts and carrying my helmet under my arm) and having a short older businessman in ill-fitting jeans turn to me to say "Well, we sure look like the 99% today, don't we?" like I had come up with the besdisguise ever.
I rode in. I didn't notice any difference, but my office is west of the river, so less going on over there. I did see a few cops standing around at Michigan & Oak on the way home.
Rode through on the way back from the bike wash and it was pretty quiet although I was going down wells. Based on the news reports I went through the loop just as things were heating up so things may be really different now.