Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, August 28

  • LSD Is Reduced From 8 to 4 Lanes for Repaving, Chicago Doesn’t Grind to a Halt (Tribune)
  • Driver Fatally Struck Jake Brummitt, 18, in South Barrington (Sun-Times)
  • Man Charged in Stabbing at 95th Street Red Line Station (CBS)
  • Metra Trains Snarled at Union Station After Signal Problems (Tribune)
  • Feds Warn Amtrak Not to Discriminate Against Other Railroads Sharing Union Station (Railway Age)
  • TOD by Loyola Station Would Have 27 Units, 3 Affordable, and 11 Spots (Curbed)
  • Wilmette Seeks Input From Residents as It Plans Possible Bike, Pedestrian Routes (Tribune)
  • Witnessing a Bike-Bike Crash at Wacker and Dearborn (The Chainlink)

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  • rwy

    Re:Willamette Bike/Pedestrian Plan

    Ideally instead of each city or village creating their own routes, planning should be done on a regional basis. The current way of doing things results in bike lanes that end at the borders between cities.

  • planetshwoop

    They do.

    http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/committees/advisory/council-of-mayors/subregional-councils

    Here are some of the bike plans for the North Shore:
    http://www.nwmc-cog.org/Transportation/Bike-Planning.aspx
    http://www.nwmc-cog.org/Transportation/Bike-Planning/Bicycle-Plan-Implementation.aspx

    Note that one of the challenges of course is that they are funded at different times and levels. So the regional plan addresses the big picture (Evanston-Elgin thruway), it will start and stop in different villages who implement the plan on their on timetable.

    I’m surprised bike planning doesn’t get more attention in the North Shore. Sheridan road on the weekend easily has more bikes than cars. It seems to mostly work OK.

  • rwy

    Cool links. I wish Cook County would do most of the planning/construction of bicycle facilities. Routes with many gaps aren’t very useful.

    For example, as an Evanston resident I’d like to see better links between North Shore Channel or Dodge Ave PBL and the Greenbay Trail.

  • Jared Kachelmeyer

    I zig zag on side streets after the channel trail ends then cross Green Bay Road on Lincoln in Evanston. Some signs might be a good idea though.

  • rwy

    Or a less zig-zaggy route that is easier for people to navigate?

  • Austin Busch

    Evanston still can’t work out the gaps between Chicago’s network and Evanston’s. At least the Sheridan lanes in Wilmette will finally connect up to most of the city, but it’s still an issue on Chicago Ave. from Davis down to Howard.

  • Anne A

    Try taking the North Shore Channel Trail until you reach Bridge St. (by the nature center). Cross McCormick using the light at Bridge. Go one street west to Hartrey, then north (right on Hartrey until you reach Lincoln, then go east. Once you cross Green Bay Rd. and pass the Metra viaduct, you go north on Poplar to pick up the start of the Green Bay Trail. Not a tough route.

  • rwy

    There’s also the gap between the Skokie Main Street bike lane and Evanston. There isn’t really a low stress crossing of the North Shore Channel in south Evanston.