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October is fire prevention month all across the country.  October was chosen because of the psychological impact of the Great Chicago Fire.  In memory to the lives lost in that horrific disaster, and to promote fire safety awareness, I propose we use the burn perimeter of the Great Chicago Fire as our route for the September, 2014 Critical Mass Ride.

Please make suggestions.  I don't think I made any wrong-way mistakes. 

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WHERE:  Daly Plaza at the Chicago Picasso

WHEN:  6pm, September 26, 2014

WHAT:  CRITICAL MASS Great Chicago Fire burn perimeter ride

Route: 

West on Washington

R on Wabash

L on Jackson

R on Columbus

E on Balbo

L on Michigan

R on Roosevelt

R on Jefferson

R on Taylor

R on Clinton

R on DeKoven (origin of the fire)

R on Jefferson

R on Taylor

L on Canal

R on Jackson

L on Wacker

L on Franklin

R on Orleans

L on Hubbard

R on Kingsbury (becomes Cambridge)

R on hobbie

L on Cleveland

R on Division

L on Wells

L on Goethe

R on Sedgewick

R on Schiller

L on N Park Ave

L on Concord

R on Sedgewick

L on Eugenie

R on Willow

L on Fern Ct.

R on Menomonee

L on Orleans

R on Wisconsin

L on Clark

bear R onto N. Lincoln Park West

R on Fullerton

End at Nature Museum (Fullerton and N Cannon Drive)

(May continue ride farther, but this is the end of the perimeter).

Jeff

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Greetings;

   Yes, starting a new thread for my revised route was a mistake.  I will stick to this thread now, and will try to delete the other one.  I rode the proposed route and need to make a few changes.  Also, I will be glad to take the ride to Kedzie and Carrol, but I don't want to be involved or responsible for starting a fire there.  I would leave that to others, and, anyway, I will not be able to stay around after the ride.

Addressing the issues brought to my attention:

The ride around the origin of the fire is cut.  We would have gridlock.

The portion of the ride through the small St. Michaels neighborhood is streamlined and reduced.

All the rest of the streets are open, and we are observing one-way streets, where are they are posted. 

The construction at Grand is not ideal, but "doable" for us. 

My new(est) route in a couple minutes. 

Jeff

Nice work! FYI threads can only be deleted by the thread starter (or admin) if there are no posts after the initial post.

Route: 

East on Washington

R on Wabash

L on Jackson

R on Columbus

R on Balbo

L on Michigan

R on Roosevelt

R on Jefferson

R on Taylor (origin of the fire at DeKoven and Taylor)

L on Canal

R on Jackson

L on Upper Wacker

L on Franklin Street Bridge (which is Orleans Street)

bear R on Orleans

L on Grand

R on Milwaukee

R on Elston

R on North

R on Clybourn

L on Mohawk

R on Blackhawk

L on Sedgewick

R on Wisconsin

L on Clark

bear R onto N. Lincoln Park West

R on Fullerton

Mass up and 10 min break at Nature Museum (Fullerton and N Cannon Drive) parking lot

THEN:

North on Cannon

R on Sheridan

L on Oakdale

L on Racine

R on Cortland

L on Ashland

R on Wabansia

L on Damen

R on North

L on Kedzie

END Kedzie and Carrol

Any more input?

Jeff

Just to google map it I am curious how long the route is...  cool idea btw!

Thanx David!

I've loaded it into MassUp.us

Text MAP to u@massup.us gets you a graphic.

(if anything changes later, I'll update no prob)

Nice long route, you should consider Mass Up points after some of the long stretches (Damen&Clybourn, North&Kedzie).

Thanks for ending at Kedzie & Carrol, we have a green light for gathering there for a bonfire, and Nate Carter has agreed to set up sound and DJ.

The ride stopped in this location around a year ago. It worked out well. The police were cool with everyone hanging out as long as we stayed off the train tracks, which just makes sense, right? ;-p

Quick overlay of route versus historic fire map: 

Whoops! Oh crap, I missed a lot of the historic fire, obviously. Some places those are tiny narrow streets, but I could have done better than I did. Should I fix the route or let it go this time, and try to make a better one next year?? 

Yes, need to  Mass- up several times.  Looks like the actual fire perimeter would be roughly 10 miles.

Jeff

I like the way the fire theme is playing out.  Maybe the Karen Lewis people can stage a symbolic firing of Rahm E on the plaza. 

OK,

   I've looked at the "real" Great Fire Perimeter, and it would be hard to follow.  Seems the river and railroad tracks stopped the fire and that would be hard to follow on bicycles.  Plus, a lot of the streets that parallel the real route are one way the wrong way (like Kingsbury) or narrow residential streets. 

SO.....I am not going to change the route and I am going to get this one printed up.  Thanks for your help.  See you Friday. 

Jeff

Good luck, Jeff!

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