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Michelle Stenzel
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Nice work, Chainlinkers! Now take Survey #2, please.

I believe many of you took the time to give your suggestions on the first survey that was put forth by the Cook County Long Range Transportation Plan people, and it sounds like they're listening:…Continue

Tags: advocacy, survey

Started Nov 19, 2014

Add your bike wisdom to the Chicago map in 10 words or fewer!
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The New York Times is showing up our local papers by providing maps of cities across the country and inviting people to add markers with brief words of advice for other people riding their bikes. I…Continue

Tags: routes, maps

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julie Hochstadter Jun 21, 2013.

Wicker Park Committee votes against protected lanes on Milwaukee
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DNA Info article says that Wicker Park…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Serge Lubomudrov Apr 19, 2013.

Questions for the next Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council meeting?
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Hello Chainlinkers, The next MBAC meeting is Wednesday June 12. 2013 (3:00 pm, City Hall, Rm 1103 - public invited!).  I'm one of three community representatives on the council and have a chance to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michelle Stenzel May 31, 2013.


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Michelle Stenzel posted an event

Provide Feedback on Lakefront Trail Separation at Lincoln Park Cultural Center

March 22, 2017 from 4pm to 7pm
The city is moving forward on plans to separate the Lakefront Trail for its entire length, by the end of 2018. There is an open-house style public meeting Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM to give people an opportunity to review the preliminary plans for the Fullerton-to-Ohio-Street segment and give feedback. Don't miss the opportunity to provide support and/or constructive criticisms to our city planners on this very important project! The information below is taken from the Active Trans blog…See More
Mar 21
Michelle Stenzel replied to SlowCoachOnTheRoad's discussion Any good readings on biking for transportation in the old days?
"I really enjoyed "In the City of Bikes" when I read it a few years ago. It's mostly about Amsterdam and the Netherlands, but provides great historical context and anecdotes, so I think it would be of interest to anyone…"
Jul 26, 2016
Michelle Stenzel replied to Thunder Snow's discussion Cyclist Hit by Tour Bus @ Michigan & Oak
"Yasmeen, I agree. It's astounding how unfriendly the intersection of Oak and Michigan is to biking, walking and public transit, given the huge volumes of people traversing the area on their way to shopping areas or the beach, and who are…"
Jun 16, 2016
Michelle Stenzel replied to Andrew Bedno's discussion Who cares for the LFT???
"I appreciate the effort made here -- by slightly elevating the top portion, it's preventing a small amount of waves from reaching the upper portions. How much of a difference that makes remains to be seen. The liability nerd in me is hoping…"
May 19, 2016
Michelle Stenzel replied to Yolo Perdiem's discussion legally blocking the bike lane
"The following appears to be the applicable code in Chicago. Bus drivers who are loading/unloading passengers or dealing with an emergency are allowed to legally stop in the bike lane, but otherwise, it doesn't appear there are any other…"
May 6, 2016
Tony Adams and Michelle Stenzel are now friends
May 1, 2016
Michelle Stenzel replied to Tony Adams's discussion 1984 Schwinn Collegiate 3 Speed Step-Through $100
"Hi Tony, I'm interested in this bike for my daughter. I've sent you a Chainlink friend request so we can communicate further about coming to take a test ride. Thanks!"
May 1, 2016
Michelle Stenzel replied to Yasmeen's discussion Plans to Split LFP in Two: Bikers and Runners/Walkers
"I posted a review of the new Fullerton shoreline project on Bike Walk Lincoln Park. As a result of that project, there are two new paths that lakefront visitors can use: A short elevated gravel path suitable for walking or…"
Mar 28, 2016
Michelle Stenzel replied to Jeff Schneider's discussion Happy Toronto
"I think there is cautious optimism that the new mayor, John Tory, "gets it" that bicycling is a solution, not a…"
Mar 22, 2016
Michelle Stenzel replied to Andrew Bedno's discussion Who cares for the LFT???
"Yes, I've had good results tweeting photos and specific complaints about the Lakefront Trail to @chicagoparks and @activetransLFT , which is account of the ATA staffer who maintains contact with the parks people about Lakefront Trail…"
Mar 22, 2016
Michelle Stenzel replied to Thunder Snow's discussion Is European Style Cycling Too Slow for America?
"Yes. I may already be that person "holding up" everyone else. I already experience small bike-traffic "jams" on Wells, Kinzie and Dearborn, and love them because they prove there are lots of people out there riding…"
Oct 15, 2015
Michelle Stenzel replied to Active Transportation Alliance's discussion Chicago’s low-stress bike network begins to takes shape
"Southsiders have the pretty wonderful route of Dearborn to Harrison to Wabash to go south from the Loop, but I get your point. There still aren't good routes for southwestsiders or westsiders, for sure. My bigger point is just that although…"
Oct 2, 2015
Michelle Stenzel replied to Active Transportation Alliance's discussion Chicago’s low-stress bike network begins to takes shape
"I've been repeating this mantra whenever and wherever I can for years. A decent route into the Loop from Lakeview/Lincoln Park/Old Town via Wells/Kinzie/Dearborn is only half of what is needed. Since Wells is one-way southbound only,…"
Oct 1, 2015
Michelle Stenzel replied to Aaron Bussey's discussion United States penchant for bike helmets
"The author of Copenhagenize website."
Sep 5, 2015
Michelle Stenzel replied to Aaron Bussey's discussion United States penchant for bike helmets
"I don't think it's completely accurate that the rest of the world's bicyclists don't generally wear helmets. The photos posted on sites like Copenhagenize are misleading because the author's militant anti-helmet stance leads…"
Sep 5, 2015
Michelle Stenzel replied to Andrew St. Paul's discussion Daily Ridership: Quantifiable Data Analysis- Estimated total number of people riding a bike per day in Chicagoland?
"Active Transportation Alliance commissioned a study last year that resulted in an estimate of 125,000 daily trips by bicycle for transportation purposes alone, not even counting recreational. Here's the Streetsblog article on it, with links to…"
Jul 8, 2015

Profile Information

What I ride:
Road, Tandem, Folding Bike
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise, Commuting, Around Town
About me:
I mostly ride a Linus mixte.
My other websites (twitter, facebook, pinterest, Google+, blogs, etc.):

Bike Walk Lincoln Park

I'm the co-chair of a new neighborhood group looking to improve biking and walking in the 43rd ward.


Our blog is




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At 4:47pm on February 8, 2014, Eric R said…
Hi, I saw on Twitter the lovely water color you painted of the Divvy station. Curious question, do you know any watercolor artists who can be hired to paint a photograph?

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At 3:14pm on October 12, 2013, Loan L. said…

Thanks for the friending me, and for all the work you're doing improving the city's bike friendliness!


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