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Great day to open the 606! I volunteered all afternoon, mostly just answering questions like when does it close, how long is it, etc. Just chatting with a some of the jillion or so people who came out for the launch. Tough day for cyclists, no question, because of the crowds. Sometimes the crowd was so think one couldn't even walk through easily - forget about riding! I'm eager to see if it becomes a useful route for cyclists. It looks like it will be smooth and well-lit with no blind turns or curves, so it should be ideal. I look forward to hearing cyclist reports AFTER this crazy opening weekend.
Yep it's new and with any multi use trail we have kids running loose, skateboarding, and the lycra corporate ***. I rode it today slowly and felt like I was track standing part of the way but it's a nice ride.
Reviews and photos are piling up on their FB: https://www.facebook.com/The606Chicago
There I said:
A fantastic addition to the city. Just needs what everyone's saying: garbage cans, potties, finishing... But wow, there's so much yes about this. Certainly useful for cyclists, but at first ride I'd venture it can't be commuter safe, and may especially become a jog+stroll haven.
I had fun out there...went twice on Saturday. Once at 8am, again at 12:30. Yes it was a little crowded, but that was expected. I was able to ride my bike in the morning and then most of the trail the second time. The only thing I didn't care for was the four or so times that I heard people say "I can't believe they let people ride their bikes on the trail" or another similar variant. I am going to ride through later today and I really hope it doesn't remind me of the lakefront and the reasons I don't ride on the lakefront.
If a gentleman in full kit on the LFT is a "Lakefront Lance," is the same gentleman a "Bloomingdale Boonen" or a "606 Sean" when riding on this newest Chicago gem? Asking for a friend.
Huh? Who's complaining or marginalizing? Have fun and ride safe, Michael!
For each thing added to the world for many it is another thing to complain about. People are long into complaining about the bike lanes (even wanting to tow people parking in them) and the 606 has barely opened and people are complaining about the people on the trail and soon enough the trail itself.