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Friends of the Major Taylor Trail


Friends of the Major Taylor Trail

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

Location: Chicago
Members: 25
Latest Activity: Apr 17, 2015

Discussion Forum

trail conditions 24 Replies

Started by Anne Alt. Last reply by Brian Bender Apr 17, 2015.

meetings 20 Replies

Started by Anne Alt. Last reply by Anne Alt Mar 16, 2015.

rides and other events 15 Replies

Started by Anne Alt. Last reply by Anne Alt Nov 14, 2014.

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Comment by Anne Alt on October 18, 2012 at 10:11am

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.

Oct. 29, 2012
11:30–1 PM, 6:30-8 PM
Chicago Architecture
224 S. Michigan Ave.

Oct. 29, 2012
3–5 PM
Union Station
500 W. Jackson Blvd.

Oct. 30, 2012
6:30–8 PM
Lincoln Belmont
1659 W. Melrose St.


Nov. 7, 2012

6:30–8 PM
Charles Hayes Center
4859 S. Wabash Ave.

Comment by Anne Alt on June 8, 2012 at 12:10pm

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.

Comment by Brian Bender on June 8, 2012 at 11:14am

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.

Comment by Anne Alt on May 16, 2012 at 9:38pm

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.

Comment by Anne Alt on May 4, 2012 at 2:17pm

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.

Comment by Brian Bender on May 4, 2012 at 1:23pm

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.  

Comment by Anne Alt on March 12, 2012 at 8:06am

Thanks to Keith Holt for sharing this Rails to Trail video: Is it safe? Crime and perceptions of safety on urban pathways.

Comment by Anne Alt on February 24, 2012 at 12:55pm

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.

Comment by Karen McGinnis on February 7, 2012 at 8:57am

HI Anne-  When is the next FMTT meeting?

Comment by Anne Alt on February 6, 2012 at 12:51pm

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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