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I was pretty upset and got a little attitude with them saying they were putting me in danger, ect, ect. Thank you to the riders who knew the route on the main streets and took me with them up to Fullerton. They told me the whole trail was closed but one officer said it was only blocked to North Ave. I was able to hop back on the trail at the Diversy/Belmont underpass.

They kept saying that the trail closes at 9:30pm. I know the parks close but it is really a thing that the trail closes as well? If so, that is just not OK... 

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This article suggests that the trail is open 24 hours, but the adjoining parks close at 11pm
http://chi.streetsblog.org/2014/05/30/the-lakefront-trail-really-is...

That is what I thought! Now who do I contact to complain about this? The Alderperson of that ward? CPD seems less likely to care if complaints are sent directly to them. 

Jordan Koss (#440) said:

This article suggests that the trail is open 24 hours, but the adjoining parks close at 11pm
http://chi.streetsblog.org/2014/05/30/the-lakefront-trail-really-is...

I'm guessing they had their reasons for the shutdown (i.e. mob violence that the tourists can't hear about), but it still bothers me that so easily spout utter BS to  'explain' their actions.

This is getting shared on twitter "FYI- lakefront trail riders is open 24/7" so that may help.

After the incident at Montrose the week before they are just sweeping the area. They can't say they are profiling but when you see a group of kids throwing their empty 40 oz bottles in the air and have them break on the path/concrete or you have a group of guys with tattoos on their faces throw bottles at police cars and bike cops!!! I'm for a sweep.

They can't police that whole area it's just too crowded so the bad actions of a few mean everyone suffers temporarily.


 
h' 1.0 said:

I'm guessing they had their reasons for the shutdown (i.e. mob violence that the tourists can't hear about), but it still bothers me that so easily spout utter BS to  'explain' their actions.

I think contacting the alderperson would be the most effective way to ensure that someone with authority understands that there's confusion about the Lakefront Trail's closure and that it affects a lot of people.  (31,000 people use at peak times, making it the busiest multi-use path in the country.) 

Renee Patten said:

That is what I thought! Now who do I contact to complain about this? The Alderperson of that ward? CPD seems less likely to care if complaints are sent directly to them. 

I would bet money that there was an incident at North Ave. beach, probably youth mob violence. Yeah, it sucks that they're spouting BS. Since I know officers who work in that district and have heard about what's happening there, I'm also aware that they're being ordered by their bosses to spout BS so the tourists don't get scared away from downtown, the Mag Mile and the lakefront. Unfortunately, that is our current reality.

In the future, if you see officers blocking the path like that and telling people not to pass that point, just ask them where the path is clear beyond that point and use the best route you can find to get there. That's likely to be the safest way around the situation.

h' 1.0 said:

I'm guessing they had their reasons for the shutdown (i.e. mob violence that the tourists can't hear about), but it still bothers me that so easily spout utter BS to  'explain' their actions.

Agreed. I don't think this is a battle worth fighting, other than asking that they come up with a BS excuse that doesn't risk propogating disinformation (Obama is in town and decided to take a swim? A giant stingray washed ashore and had not yet been subdued? The Nude Survivor finale is being filmed there?)


 
Anne Alt said:

I would bet money that there was an incident at North Ave. beach, probably youth mob violence. Yeah, it sucks that they're spouting BS. Since I know officers who work in that district and have heard about what's happening there, I'm also aware that they're being ordered by their bosses to spout BS so the tourists don't get scared away from downtown, the Mag Mile and the lakefront. Unfortunately, that is our current reality.

In the future, if you see officers blocking the path like that and telling people not to pass that point, just ask them where the path is clear beyond that point and use the best route you can find to get there. That's likely to be the safest way around the situation.

h' 1.0 said:

I'm guessing they had their reasons for the shutdown (i.e. mob violence that the tourists can't hear about), but it still bothers me that so easily spout utter BS to  'explain' their actions.


LOL

h' 1.0 said:

(Obama is in town and decided to take a swim? A giant stingray washed ashore and had not yet been subdued? The Nude Survivor finale is being filmed there?)


 

Unfortunately, incidents at North Ave. beach have been happening at various hours of the day and night. This isn't limited to late night problems. Being aware of your surroundings in that area and turning around if you see what appears to be a threatening situation is NOT an unreasonable precaution there. I hate to say that, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

Cameron 7.5 mi said:

Yeah, since this was several hours before the park closes, it's pretty unlikely that this was confusion about whether the path is 24 hour. This sounds like some sort of special closure like happened at Montrose last week.

Ideally chainlink 2.0 will have a checkbox to keep threads like this one from being visible to tourists.

Oak Street Beach can be a little dodgy any given summer afternoon.  I can't say it's been any better or worse this year so far but there are usually a decent number of police around when the high school set is hanging out.  North Ave Beach is chock full of bro-dogs playing volleyball.  They're a hazard, sure, but not cop-worthy.

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