Anybody know of a safe way to cross between Chicago and Evanston? Only ways I know of are Sheridan and Clark Street/Chicago Ave.
Sheridan is pretty dangerous on a bike where that big curve is. Sure, I can get off my bike and use the sidewalk, which is easy enough to do going into Evanston, but coming back, I don't believe there's a sidewalk on the Chicago-bound side.
And of course, the bike lanes on Clark Street and Chicago Avenue disappear in the parts where you need 'em the most.
What do you folks do?
I head west on Howard over to Custer (RT) north. Lots less traffic.
When I lived in Rogers Park, I used this route a LOT.
I've used this one a lot over the years.
California/Dodge, but I live in Lincoln Square.
Depending on how far West I am..
The best way is Emerson West to the North Shore Channel Trail, then that south. If you're further East, Dodge/California is good. Further East still, Asbury/Western is usually surprisingly not terrible. And then if you go even more East, you end up with Clark and Sheridan. So... go West!
There are plenty of options. I don't find Clark/Chicago particularly bad, but if you don't like that you can take the route through Rogers Park on Juneway Terrace, etc. that puts you out between the CTA yard and the cematary, or you can cross on Damen, or California, or the NSCT, etc.
Between Jeremy and David P. you have lots of options. There is no reason to ride Sheridan around the curve. I just discovered the route by the CTA yard and Juneway this past fall and it works. Otherwise, Clark is a bit narrow but fine, Custer into Rogers Park is fine. Asbury is great but Western sub optimial unless you are going at very off hours. For example I lead a group down Western from the Dunkin' Donuts at Howard and Western every year at 5 am to the Winter Solstice Percussion Concert. We have about 6 or 7 bikes and we outnumber all the cars at that hour. Dodge/California is my go to route and the Channel path works fine.
I live at Howard and Damen/Custer, so here are my routes: Going south, I take Damen to Lunt and then over to Ravenswood. Lots of choices on that route. On weekends or off hours, I might go to Ridge to go south. (Of course, you can't ride Ridge in S. Evanston.) Going north, Custer is the best bike street. My best route to get to downtown Evanston/Northwestern is north on Custer to Madison, west one block to Sherman. I cross Main at the light at Sherman and then go north a couple more blocks to one of the streets that takes me one more block west to Elmwood. It's easy to cross Dempster at the light at Elmwood and Dempster. Once north of Dempster, I take one of the streets (Greenwood, Lake, whatever) one block east back to Sherman, and from there into downtown.
I don't care for Asbury, since the drivers there seem to find bikes an imposition. California/Dodge is an excellent route, except for the darned PBLs.