I may be working at 35th and Halsted next month in Bridgeport. I live in Uptown and would commute down there, but I normally never bike up or down Halsted. How safe is it to ride in terms of road quality, drivers, etc?
Also, what are your favorite bike streets to take that are parallel to and near Halsted?
The one trick I've found is that after you pass Archer, there are two one-way streets parallell to Halsted, so I cut over to Emerald on the way down and Union on the way home so I get 15 blocks (10 for you) of virtually traffic free riding.
Great tip, Mike, I'll have to try that sometime.
Have you tried 33rd street as I suggested above? Or do you prefer Archer for the distance it saves as a diagonal?
Take Halsted south to the detour and go left on Division. Then right and head down Kingsbury to Chicago. At Chicago go left and then quick right to continue down Kingsbury until Kinzie. Go right on Kinzie through the bike lane and over the river. Under the underpass turn left and go south on Clinton until you get to Harrison and take it to the right until you get back to Halsted.
I live in Pilsen but go up north pretty often and this is my route. It skips all of the worst parts
No! I live right at this intersection basically, and would strongly suggest taking Division east to Crosby, and following that to Larrabee down to Chicago, and then cross over the river back to Halsted. Division, including the bridge, is really congested and in poor condition. The detour is routing all of the large trucks down Hooker (cars down Larrabee) and the traffic is a nightmare with cars not paying any attention.
Or do what someone else suggested and instead of getting back on Halsted, take Kingsbury to Kinzie to Clinton and take that south past Greektown.
The detour I was suggesting is Division W. (<1 block) to Hooker, SE to Halsted (thanks to Steven for mentioning it on the bridge thread.)