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Nice first ride in the COLD.

 

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I can only comment on Elston between Belmont and Milwaukee. Its a tricky ride going both ways due to snow and or cars in the bike lane. Due to this you'll be forced into the lane at several points so exercise caution and pay attention. The stretch from Western up to Belmont was a bit tricky.

Good luck!


Apie (10.6) said:

Any word on how Elston is N to Lawrence or the other way down to Milwaukee?  I had to walk from Irving to almost Addison this morn due to the one way on Milwaukee, and horrible sidewalks. I think I may scope Elston for the ride home.

Des Plaines -> Washington -> Wells was nice and clear, I think I may avoid N. Wells and/or Dearborn indefinitely

Yeah, Dearborn was much better this afternoon save for one spot at Washington where I had to walk my bike around.

Chi Lowe said:

Adam - FWIW, your call may have worked.  

A huge CDOT salter was in the bike lane this morning, plowing and salting.  Between their efforts and the warmer temps I think we can all anticipate a less chunky ride home this evening.


Adam Herstein (5.5 mi) said:

I rode today, deviating from my usual Lake Front Trail route to more streets. Based on how bad Dearborn was yesterday, I took Wells instead. I submitted a 311 request to get Dearborn cleared, but unfortunately there is no option to say it's for the bike lane.

Did anyone else encounter a woman driving a minivan through the exactly-pickup-truck-wide snow canyon of the LFT this morning? No insignia or anything, what the heck was up with that?

All of Elston is really nice! I took it up to Bryn Mawr and was pleasantly surprised.  Slushy, but clear enough.  Only accumulation was at Elston and St. Louis...and for some reason that is always a sketchy intersection.  Must be a short cut from the 94 Addison exit or something

What a week!  On Monday I was in an Arctic parka getting on the Red Line and today I was in rain gear biking down Clark.  Crazy.

Warm as heck this morning (or at least it feels that way!), but with all the rain predictions this afternoon I left for work early on the train, got off a few stations before the office and walked the rest of the way, stopping to pick up a dozen bagels for the team.

I fear the rain will melt everything and there won't be skiing at Northerly Island tomorrow.

Soooo happy to be back on the bike!! I commuted home last night and back in this morning.  After carrying a Divvy bike over snow banks and biking through the Fullerton LFT "bypass" I have a whole new respect for the guy that rode a Divvy in the cyclocross race.  Divvy bikes are surprisingly heavy and awkward to lift and carry, and I was doing lots of fishtailing over mud and slush. Fun times regardless!

Yes.  I wore rain gear in anticipation of the rain for the commute home.  I am hoping for rain so my poor bike can get a bath!

Yes, took the Lake Front Trail. Was mostly okay except for the Fullerton bypass, which is a mess. I'd almost rather ride on the closed-off asphalt part. I heard a while back that the Army Corps of Engineers was supposed supposed to be filling in the portion of the lake adjacent to the path in that area. Anyone have any info on if/when this is happening?

Adam that is part of the plan to reconfigure that area.  There were public meetings over the summer, but I have not seen anything on a final plan.  And that is quite a mess!  I bet it is going to be even worse after the rain. :-(

Yeah, I've been walking my bike across that muck the last few days. Because it's not paved, it's nearly impossible to properly salt and plow. I wonder if dropping a bunch of non-slip plates over that area could be a good stop-gap fix. Or at least some gravel. That would still be better than the mud/sand path it is now.

Lisa Curcio 4.1 mi said:

Adam that is part of the plan to reconfigure that area.  There were public meetings over the summer, but I have not seen anything on a final plan.  And that is quite a mess!  I bet it is going to be even worse after the rain. :-(

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