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Active Trans survey on proposed river trail connection between Belmont & Diversey
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Take our survey to connect Belmont to Diversey via trailJul 10, 2019 | by Steve SimmonsBecause trails are emerging quickly along the Chicago River, it’s urgent we push for connections between them…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tricolor Jul 12.

Worldview at risk of cancellation!
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Jerome McDonnell has been a *huge* supporter of cyclists for many, many years. So between that and the fact Worldview is an awesome program, I thought folks might want to know about this:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Yasmeen Jun 24.

Navy Pier Flyover delayed (again)
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Warning: reading may bring one's face in contact with one's palm in a rapid and violent fashion.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian S Oct 24, 2018.

 

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Carter O'Brien replied to Yasmeen's discussion The Church on Sundays Argument Against Bike Lanes
"Each and every accident involving a bike rider and a car is tragic. It's grating as hell to me that my 14 year old does not feel comfortable riding on the street and I would certainly blame distracted, rude and selfish drivers for that…"
Oct 29
Carter O'Brien replied to Yasmeen's discussion The Church on Sundays Argument Against Bike Lanes
"Elwood wrote: "Most of the objectors, which may have been in the majority, were anti-bike lanes period. They linked the existence of bike lanes to the rude-stupid-possibly-suicidal antics of some bike riders in the loop." And then…"
Oct 29
Carter O'Brien replied to Vilda's discussion Think of this as a Missed Connection.
"In this case, cyclists have actually been given bike lanes. There is absolutely no justifiable concerned-for-ones-safety reason for a cyclist to ever ignore a school crossing guard. You are supposed to stop, period. Obviously cars are the bigger…"
Sep 11
Carter O'Brien replied to Vilda's discussion Think of this as a Missed Connection.
"You: one of the all-too-regular Lincoln Ave. bike riders who weaves around the crossing guard stopping traffic by my kid's school at Lincoln & Cornelia. I am compelled to say something as this morning I couldn't help but notice your…"
Sep 11
Carter O'Brien replied to Bob Kastigar's discussion Navy Pier Flyover to close Tuesday 9/3 for about a month
"I long ago lost track of how many ambulances I saw at lower LSD and Grand due to the blind spot the Lake Point Tower creates. There is a very good reason building private residences east of LSD was prohibited, but the story (urban myth perhaps) is…"
Sep 11
Carter O'Brien replied to JeffB's discussion Northerly Island path collapse
"The idea that the cholera outbreak was on a scale like the bubonic plague is indeed a myth, but it is unquestionable that Chicago sending its sewage directly into the source of its drinking water led to smaller outbreaks of it. That and the filth…"
Aug 2
Carter O'Brien replied to JeffB's discussion Northerly Island path collapse
""because of the massive lakefront barriers, which, oops, never happened" ahhh - the ones Jeanne Gang and her team envisioned as protecting a snorkeling and kayak launch area, right?"
Aug 2
Carter O'Brien replied to JeffB's discussion Northerly Island path collapse
"Reversing the river kept everyone from dying of waste-related illnesses like cholera. Talks about re-reversing it will likely continue and accelerate as water conservation issues continue to grow in importance with climate change. Northerly Island…"
Aug 2
Carter O'Brien replied to JeffB's discussion Northerly Island path collapse
"Just hoping they back far, faraway from the comment one of the Army Corp staff made recently where they had the audacity to claim that the trail was never meant to be recreational, but was just to enable maintenance. That was bewildering, maddening,…"
Aug 1
Carter O'Brien replied to Yasmeen's discussion Scooters: What Does This Mean for People That Ride Bikes?
"Karma, schadenfreude, there's something for everyone here. Hit by a car pulling over to allow a cop by who was responding to your hit-and-run actions? Priceless. Mastercard may need to use this in a future commercial."
Jul 25
Tricolor replied to Carter O'Brien's discussion Active Trans survey on proposed river trail connection between Belmont & Diversey
"I've been thinking there should be a light rail line along there headed to town for commuters, too. If everyone expected to move in along the river tried to drive it'd be a real mess. Before it's all done is the time to put in transit."
Jul 12
Carter O'Brien posted a discussion

Active Trans survey on proposed river trail connection between Belmont & Diversey

Take our survey to connect Belmont to Diversey via trailJul 10, 2019 | by Steve SimmonsBecause trails are emerging quickly along the Chicago River, it’s urgent we push for connections between them now so they will link people to jobs, shopping districts, and recreational opportunities.One place we’re working to extend the Chicago River Trail is on the North Side between Belmont and Diversey Avenues. Two riverfront paths are on the verge of being completed here: the…See More
Jul 11
Carter O'Brien replied to Yasmeen's discussion Scooters: What Does This Mean for People That Ride Bikes?
"Can’t handle the snow or the lightsaber? Good arguments exist demonstrating the cyclist’s superiority with both..."
Jun 29
Carter O'Brien replied to Yasmeen's discussion Scooters: What Does This Mean for People That Ride Bikes?
"Do you have any evidence, stats, etc. backing up the claim they ticket cars going 5 mph on LSD? Even in much of rush hour that would entail ticketing every last vehicle on there, so color me skeptical unless you've got some proof. Police…"
Jun 25
Carter O'Brien replied to Yasmeen's discussion Scooters: What Does This Mean for People That Ride Bikes?
"Appreciate the share - I kicked in a little bit, it would be nice to see cyclists rally for this guy."
Jun 25
Carter O'Brien replied to Yasmeen's discussion Scooters: What Does This Mean for People That Ride Bikes?
"This is truly one of the greater mysteries of Chicago street management. If the scooters can help fix that disconnect, that would indeed be a blow for the greater good."
Jun 25

Profile Information

What I ride:
Mountain, Hybrid
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise, Commuting, Around Town
What brings you to The Chainlink?
I've been here forever, it's the "back of the bus" where all the cool cyclists go.
About me:
I'm 47, and have been an avid cyclist in the City since at least 4th grade. I now live just SE of Belmont & Kimball.

Having spent 95% of my life between Diversey & Belmont on the north side (lived first around the Elbo Room, then Diversey & Damen) has given me a pretty time-tested perspective on the challenges of heading straight east to the Lakefront as well as those using the Elston or Milwaukee (or hybrid routes) for my commute over the past 14 years to the Field Museum.
My other websites (twitter, facebook, pinterest, Google+, blogs, etc.):
http://fieldmuseum.org/explore/department/greener-field

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