Lakefront Trail Improvement Analysis

We liked this: Active Transportation & partners have created a set of community-guided principles for a better Lakefront Trail. If you haven’t seen it already, check it out:

From Active Trans: “Through a unique partnership, Active Trans, Friends of the Parks and the Chicago Area Runners Association released the findings of a study on public perceptions of Chicago’s Lakefront Trail. The report, “People on the Trail,” sets forth principles for a better trail based on a community outreach process that engaged more than 1,600 trail users. Key recommendations include redesigning lakefront access points and creating new paths to separate higher-speed bike traffic and lower-speed foot traffic.”

About bikeuptown46

I am currently the Communications Director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters which represents 33,000 union men and women in three states who swing a hammer for a living. I publsih a magazine, a couple of email newsletters and two websites. I also do videos, webinars, advertisng and public relations. As an avid cyclist I ride a three-wheeled trike 5 to 6 days per week 52 weeks per year which adds up to between 5,000 and 6,000 miles year-round, including daily commutes along Chicago's lakefront ... polar vortexes included. I have never missed a day of work because of Chicago's weather. I am an activist who serves humanitarian and political causes: To advocate for the Sudanese in Illinois who have fled Southern Sudan and Darfur is one of my most rewarding experiences. I work with my son Sean on Sudan presentations at churches and community groups with my Sudanese friends on the problems facing them in Darfur, South Sudan and the United States. My son Sean and I work together on the Abolition Institute which seeks to end slavery in the west African nation of Mauritania. My photography chronicles Chicago's lakefront through my daily rides. My photo website is I just self-published my first photo-book on the history of my Chicago neighborhood: Sweet Home Buena Park. I live about one-half mile north of Wrigley Field in the Buena Park neighborhood.

One comment

  1. Very interesting that Uptown has the part of the trail on the north side that rates highest for user satisfaction and yet has 4 of the 5 highest vehicular conflict access points on the whole trail.

    The 1972 Lakefront Plan sought to “Create stronger links between community areas and the lakeshore parks” and stated: “Ultimately, the Wilson Avenue-Lake Shore Drive underpass should be converted to pedestrian use only and the traffic interchange should be removed. The reduction of secondary park roads and the elimination of through vehicular traffic are proposed in this section of Lincoln Park to create more continuous landscaped areas and safer pedestrian access.”

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