Goal: to maintain good trail conditions, plan for future improvement, and promote healthy activity on the Major Taylor Trail.
P.O. Box 43345, Chicago, IL 60643
Latest Activity: Oct 12
Started by Anne Alt. Last reply by Anne Alt Oct 9.
Started by Anne Alt. Last reply by Anne Alt Aug 8.
Started by Anne Alt. Last reply by Brian Bender Apr 10.
While this program won't go as far south as the trail, it may be of interest to many of you.
Got ideas for where Chicago's new bike share stations should be? Want to learn more about the program? Check out the City's interactive bike share website, which allows you to use a map to suggest locations.
Upcoming meetings about the project which will also solicit location ideas. See the attached flyer for better formatting.
CENTRALOct. 29, 201211:30–1 PM, 6:30-8 PMChicago ArchitectureFoundation224 S. Michigan Ave.
Oct. 29, 20123–5 PMUnion Station500 W. Jackson Blvd.
NORTHOct. 30, 20126:30–8 PMLincoln BelmontLibrary1659 W. Melrose St.
Nov. 7, 2012
6:30–8 PMCharles Hayes Center4859 S. Wabash Ave.
Brian - Sorry we missed you on 5/12. If you can join us again on 6/24, it would be nice to see you.
I like the MTT/Blue Island combo because there are so many great BI destinations.
I actually missed the cancellation of the May 12 Ride to the River, went anyway. The rain tapered off at 9 and I rode the entire trail, first North and then South. Exited Whistler Woods and went west to Ashland for the first time.
Much pleased to discover Broadway and a clear shot back into downtown Blue Island and lunch at Cafe Tenochtitlan. Added this to my catalog of favorite rides.
There are a few ways to follow us and interact online: here, Twitter, and Facebook. On Twitter, search for @fomtt, #mttchi or #majtaylortrail. If you want to share trail condition info, feel free to post it here or on Twitter to @fomtt.
Yep, that was me. Good catch. This was a small portion of what I said, but it captures some of the most critical points.When I asked the developer how they intended to accommodate pedestrian traffic, he pointed to a section of the plan, indicating sidewalks along the front of the stores. I asked "and how are pedestrians from the neighborhood supposed to get to that sidewalk across all that parking?" Mr. "I'm all about the cars" looked absolutely baffled. A younger guy on the team came up with the line about not having gotten to that part of the plan yet, which sounded like a steaming pile. Then I asked about bike access and bike parking. The younger guy said "Oh, I didn't realize that was a factor here." I said it was and asked what kind of installation they would do for bike parking. He described stainless steel racks in sheltered locations. I said that sounded fine. I remain skeptical until I actually see a design that does accommodate peds and bikes in a reasonable way.Others also spoke up about non-car access, to make the point that I wasn't the only one who had an issue with the car-centric design.BTW, they're proposing 2 additional driveways on Western - at 96th and 97th. Just picture what a mess that will make of the already horrendous traffic.
I saw Anne quoted in the The Reporter commenting to the Evergreen Plaza rehabbers. They misspelled her name, but I heard her voice while I read it. Thak you, Anne, for representing.
Thanks to Keith Holt for sharing this Rails to Trail video: Is it safe? Crime and perceptions of safety on urban pathways.
Meeting info is here.Unrelated to this, I happened to notice this magazine piece about the new housing development next to the trail at 105th & Vincennes.
HI Anne- When is the next FMTT meeting?
Our team has developed a preliminary set of ideas for bike boulevard/ neighborhood greenway routes. Please visit this page to read more about the concept and take a pair of brief surveys to help us prioritize our recommendations to the city.
These routes could be especially valuable to those of you who ride with young children and to those hesitant friends and family members who you try to persuade to ride with you, but who are afraid of traffic. The boulevard/greenway concept is aimed at creating safer routes where they can ride. Please share this info with other cyclists you know who ride in our area of the city, and people who might want to ride on our neighborhood streets if they felt safer doing so in traffic.
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