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Michelle Stenzel
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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.

Do you use the McDonald's Cycle Center at Millennium Park?
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(I searched for any prior threads on this and found nothing recent.)I'm writing a blog post about how I think the McDonald's Cycle Center is at an odd location. I realize that I never hear people in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anne Alt Nov 14, 2012.


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Michelle Stenzel replied to Maurice's discussion Particularly dangerous bike lanes
"I think the hands down scariest bike lane segment that I (used to) take regularly is Madison Street crossing State Street, where the "floating" lane jogs to the left, exactly where CTA buses cross in order to enter the Bus Only lane.…"
Sep 29
Michelle Stenzel replied to Maurice's discussion Particularly dangerous bike lanes
"FYI I complained about the people parking in the new protected bike lane on Upper Randolph last week to Alderman Reilly via Twitter and he said there will be enforcement via ticketing this week. That is great to hear; however, actual curbs…"
Sep 29
Michelle Stenzel replied to Chitown_Mike's discussion The shoaling thread - understanding this phenomenon
"OK, here's a little twist. What about the people who are hares in terms of speed when they finally get up to a pace, but they're tortoises starting up? I ride my upright bike at a moderate/relaxed pace, but when I'm waiting at a…"
Sep 25
Michelle Stenzel replied to Jeff Schneider's discussion ATA: Compliance with Must Stop for Pedestrians law very low in Chicagoland
"Please don't maneuver your vehicle over the Stop for Pedestrians signs. "
Sep 8
Michelle Stenzel replied to Asper K's discussion 'Walk your bike on the sidewalk' sting operation...I got a ticket as did others
"  It's ridiculous that there is still no east-west bike lane that people can use to get from the Loop (and through the Loop) to the Lakefront Trail, neither on Monroe, nor Jackson, nor Randolph, nor through Millennium Park. Of course…"
Sep 4
Michelle Stenzel replied to jolondon30's discussion How Can We Get Enforcement on Clark Street Bike Lane (Southbound in am)
"Jololondon30, I think your call to the desk worked! This morning at 7:10 am, there were only about 4 cars illegally parked between Wrightwood and Dickens, and all of them had tickets already. There were two revenue workers actively writing the…"
Aug 8
Michelle Stenzel replied to jolondon30's discussion How Can We Get Enforcement on Clark Street Bike Lane (Southbound in am)
"Last September we noticed that the illegal parking on this stretch had gotten out of control, and we alerted Michele Smith's office of it. They let the revenue people know, and there was a two-week blitz of ticketing, which helped reduce the…"
Aug 7
Michelle Stenzel replied to Michael A's discussion Wrong turn? cyclist on the Kennedy
"I fairly regularly encounter drivers cluelessly steering their cars on paths in Lincoln Park where no motorized vehicles are allowed. Somehow that's never as newsworthy, though."
Jul 11
Michelle Stenzel commented on Alec Melhuse's event Public Meeting for the Improvement of US 41(North Lake Shore Drive)
"Just FYI that this project encompasses not only the street portion of Lake Shore Drive, but the Lakefront Trail and the surrounding areas in the LSD corridor, so it's of huge importance to people riding bikes, walking, using the LFT for…"
Jul 8
Michelle Stenzel is attending Alec Melhuse's event

Public Meeting for the Improvement of US 41(North Lake Shore Drive) at The Drake Hotel - Gold Coast Ballroom

July 8, 2014 from 1pm to 7pm
Join the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation for the second public meeting for the improvement of North Lake Shore Drive as part of the "Redefine the Drive" initiative. There will be an opportunity to watch an audio-visual presentation while also participating in a workshop to identify potential solutions to the transportation of people on the drive. There will be an opportunity to provide input through many forms of communication such as sketches,…See More
Jul 8
Michelle Stenzel replied to Jeff Schneider's discussion Crosswalk Chicken
"I agree that many drivers are still reluctant to comply with the law that requires them to stop for pedestrians, which has been the law 3 years now. They're basically still trying to get by on the prior law, which was to "yield" to…"
Jul 8
Michelle Stenzel replied to Jody's discussion What does everyone do or say to 'bad' cyclists?? Anything?
"Roger, welcome to Chicago and I hope you continue to enjoy your experience here. However, I want to say that the "cycling culture" here may be different from that in Colorado. From your list of complaints, it sounds like you're more…"
Jun 13
Michelle Stenzel replied to h' 1.0's discussion Did Divvy use increase dramatically this spring?
"Divvy didn't finish installing all the current stations until October last year, so I have a feeling that there are a lot of people who deferred purchasing an annual membership until this spring, and now we're seeing the surge in usage."
May 20
Michelle Stenzel posted an event

Lincoln Park Kidical Mass ride at "Spring Zing" at Corner of Lincoln and Dickens in Lincoln Park

May 17, 2014 from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Lincoln Central Association is hosting a three-hour event to promote walking, biking and spring! As part of that celebration, Lincoln Park Kidical Mass will hold its monthly family bike ride, starting at 11:30 am. Grab your kids and bikes and join the fun! All families from any neighborhood are welcome!From the official  Spring Zing flier:When: Saturday, May 17 10:30 am – 1:30 pmWhere: Lincoln Ave & Dickens AveSchedule of Events:10:30am – 11:00am Guided Architectural Walking Tour10:30am –…See More
May 15
Michelle Stenzel replied to Julie Hochstadter's discussion Census Bureau: More Chicago workers walking, biking to work
"I find it interesting that the census question not only specifies that if more than one mode was used to travel to work, only mark the one that went the greatest distance, but it also asks how the person got to work "LAST WEEK". So,…"
May 13
Michelle Stenzel replied to in it to win it 8.0 mi's discussion I rode today. Did you?
"Yesterday on Madison in the Loop, a box truck driver was driving very slowly, clearly didn't know where they were going, and was managing to simultaneously block the bus lane and the marked bike lane. I saw this as I was…"
May 9

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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