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Where do you have trouble finding a bike rack to lock up at?

I take my bike everywhere I go in Chicago and unfortunately am used to finding a lack of rack space in certain locations.  I've called out my list of the major "offenders" below - would love to hear…Continue

Started 12 hours ago

Why can't LaSalle Street Have a Bike Lane?
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As others have noted on this message board thingy, if one heads North from the Merchandise Mart area the options are limited.  Orleans  has no bike lane and is jam packed; Wells and Clark are both…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Wirtz on Saturday.

Lawrence Avenue Streetscape Almost Done!
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I've been pretty unhappy that for almost the last year the ride from Clark to Western on Lawrence has been a mess.  The city dug up the sides of the street for sewer work and just left very rough…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by jolondon30 on Saturday.

Nice Piece from NYT on Dangers of Bike Riding...
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She was doing all the right things in the morning commute, traveling in thebike lane, wearing a helmet, following the rules of the road. In an instant,Sher Kung — new mother, brilliant attorney, avid…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawn Evans Sep 20.

 

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jolondon30 replied to sarah's discussion Quick release locks
"Sarah, I am sure there are people who have a strong need for quick releases if they need to disassemble their  bike to move it by car or want to lock it up with a single Kryptonite. In my case I dropped quick releases for  regular, non…"
12 hours ago
jolondon30 posted a discussion

Where do you have trouble finding a bike rack to lock up at?

I take my bike everywhere I go in Chicago and unfortunately am used to finding a lack of rack space in certain locations.  I've called out my list of the major "offenders" below - would love to hear from others about locations you think lack sufficient rack space.  Businesses should understand that installing bike racks - under the City's free program - attracts more customers and does a great  social good by encouraging biking.  Not being able to securely lock your bike discourages visiting a…See More
12 hours ago
jolondon30 replied to Active Transportation Alliance's discussion Metra changes bike policy to increase access
"A good thing but the whole current process of bring bikes on Metra seems awkward.  Strapping the bike to a seat..inconveniences  all involved. I have to ask people to move, remember to  bring a strap, etc. We need something like the…"
Saturday
jolondon30 replied to David Altenburg's discussion Winter Bike Shop Specials & Cleanings
"thanks..I remember reading that when I got it a few years ago but uptown bikes told me a few weeks ago they didnt' think any maintenance was needed. As I recall the grease you use is important...shimano sells special grease. Anyone in town…"
Saturday
John Wirtz replied to jolondon30's discussion Why can't LaSalle Street Have a Bike Lane?
"I think there is parking on LaSalle outside of rush hours, so it's really only 2 lanes / direction most of the time. I doubt there is enough width for two lanes, a bike lane, and parking. I do like the idea of making buses a higher priority on…"
Saturday
jolondon30 replied to jolondon30's discussion Why can't LaSalle Street Have a Bike Lane?
"Interesting point. for anyone in the city it  would be a longer route to take  north/lasalle but I agree for evanston and  other folks who come down on LSD it's a decent route to the West loop. I would still think it would be…"
Saturday
jolondon30 replied to jolondon30's discussion Lawrence Avenue Streetscape Almost Done!
"even the outside edge of the doorzone? usually they measure to that (at least that's my operative  theory). "
Saturday
Grace Van Moer 8.25 mi replied to jolondon30's discussion Lawrence Avenue Streetscape Almost Done!
"Really wish they had put buffers on the bike lanes.  The bike lane is tight to the parking, and the parking is just wide enough for a vehicle, so basically the whole bike lane is in the door zone.  Bummer.  That said, at least…"
Friday
Jeff Schneider replied to jolondon30's discussion Lawrence Avenue Streetscape Almost Done!
"I've both ridden and driven the completed section from Western to Ravenswood a few times.  Biking is very much more pleasant (and safer, too, I think).  I particularly like that with the pedestrian islands and just one lane of…"
Friday
John Greenfield replied to jolondon30's discussion Why can't LaSalle Street Have a Bike Lane?
"LaSalle is way overdue for a safety overhaul. There have been at least three serious or fatal crashes on LaSalle between Chicago and North in recent years:…"
Friday
Bob Kastigar replied to jolondon30's discussion Why can't LaSalle Street Have a Bike Lane?
"Some streets in Chicago are controlled by both CDOT (Chicago Dept. of Transportation) and IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation).  If La Salle (or parts of it) is one of these "both" streets getting changes like this can be a…"
Friday
jolondon30 replied to David Altenburg's discussion Winter Bike Shop Specials & Cleanings
"The thing is you have to do it at least once or several times a week if you want to keep your bike in good order (I am assuming you leave your bike outside most of the day).  For me I find it really is the chain that suffers. If I consistently…"
Friday
jolondon30 replied to jolondon30's discussion Why can't LaSalle Street Have a Bike Lane?
"Yes I've taken Franklin. Less traffic and bikers have an advantage  over  cars given the El line poles.  But there's a fair number of stop signs so your average speed is low. I'd like to bike faster in a dedicated…"
Friday
Rich S replied to jolondon30's discussion Why can't LaSalle Street Have a Bike Lane?
"I think it may be because LaSalle isn't really considered a bike route. I'm actually amazed at how many people I see riding on LaSalle during rush hour. I've just never felt it to be a very safe route.  Have you tried crossing…"
Friday
jolondon30 posted a discussion

Why can't LaSalle Street Have a Bike Lane?

As others have noted on this message board thingy, if one heads North from the Merchandise Mart area the options are limited.  Orleans  has no bike lane and is jam packed; Wells and Clark are both one way headed South until you reach Chicago.  Like many others, I often go over to Dearborn which has a Northbound bike lane  though for some reason  you need to ride on the left side until past Chicago.  Now let's talk about  LaSalle, which has 3 lanes in both directions until you reach North Avenue…See More
Friday
jolondon30 replied to jolondon30's discussion Lawrence Avenue Streetscape Almost Done!
" That would be expensive...much longer distance. "
Sep 21

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What I ride:
Road, Hybrid
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise, Commuting, Distance, Around Town
About me:
General outdoor enthusiast who loves biking in all forms...commuting, long distance rides, and even the occasional lakefront. Winter biking too!
My other websites (twitter, facebook, pinterest, Google+, blogs, etc.):
http://www.allitas.com

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