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Chicago Lakefront Path

I went for a run on the path Saturday morning (before the latest cold front came through) and it was definitely getting busier!  We sure do love our lakefront path here in Chicago.  

How appropriate that the Red Eye's cover story was about just that today:  Safety First.  They focused on the safety of the path, but really it just got me more and more excited!

"Right about now, Chicagoans are stir-crazy, eager to get outside without a puffy coat and enjoy the few warm months the city offers between winters."


"'Unfortunately, there's only so much real estate and it's really like the Kennedy [expressway] during rush hour in the summer,' said Julie Hochstadter, direct of The Chainlink, an online networking site for cyclists in Chicago."

Yep.  Also true.  During my run Saturday, while I noticed the increased number of people (I should note it was 37 degrees), I kept reminding myself how crazy things are going to get...very soon.

If I could I would make everyone who uses the path read this little guide League of Illinois Bicyclists put together (and was printed with the article):

Basically it says:
Mind your manners 
Since the trail is used by everyone including pedestrians, runners, cyclists, rollerbladers and even segways, there are five etiquette tips for users to safely share the trail.  
  • Stay on the right so other users can pass you on the left.
  • Let users know that you’re passing on the left.
  • Don’t block the trail if you stop or are going with a group.
  • Yield to others when entering, crossing or turning onto trails.
  • Be predictable, but expect other users to be unpredictable. 


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