Video: Ride the Bloomingdale Trail from End to End

Take a virtual bicycle ride on the Bloomingdale Trail, part of The 606, the 2.7-mile elevated greenway and access park network, which opened Saturday on Chicago’s Northwest Side. I pedaled the trail from its western terminus at Ridgeway Avenue, a stone’s throw from the McCormick Tribune YMCA, to its eastern trailhead at Walsh Park, between Marshfield Avenue and Ashland Avenue. I filmed this around 11 a.m. on Monday, the first weekday the path was open.

I noticed large numbers of parents and caretakers pushing children in strollers, and biking with kids in baby seats, or pedaling beside them. There were also plenty of other adults riding bikes for transportation, exercise, or relaxation.

Construction and landscape workers were busy improving Walsh Park and the access park at Milwaukee Avenue and Leavitt Street. One of the construction workers was traveling between the job sites on a bicycle, which was a very cool thing to see.

What have you seen on the Bloomingdale Trail?

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