Key properties acquired for elevated ...

Key properties acquired for elevated bike and walking trail thr...

There are 5 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 10, 2008, titled Key properties acquired for elevated bike and walking trail thr.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Efforts have picked up steam to convert an unused railroad line into an elevated bike and walking trail through the city's Northwest Side.

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Since: Oct 08

Chicago, IL

#1 Nov 10, 2008
I think this is fantastic. It does not have any personal benefit for me, but it is exactly the kind of thing we need to do in Chicago to promote safe bicycling for both recreation and transportation purposes. Physically separating cars and bikes, as much as practical, is good for both bikers and car drivers.

This route connects a whole lot of neighborhoods to both public transportation (blue line and metra) and the Elston bike route. This is a good way to reduce car travel, and expand the reach of public trans without adding new lines.

I assume we are going to have a lot of infrastructure spending in the coming years, as an economic stimulus. I am hoping to see this kind of thing done, as well as maintenance to our existing roads and bridges, rather than an expansion of the highway system.

BTW, it was unclear in the article, unless you are very familiar with the area, exactly where this is proposed to be. Here is a link to a google map with the eastern terminus marked. The route extends west to just east of Pulaski, along Bloomingdale Avenue.

Since: May 08


#2 Nov 10, 2008
Wow, the author really made a hash of explaining where the trail actually is. For a map and more info see

Since: Oct 08

Chicago, IL

#3 Nov 10, 2008
BTW, here is a great map of the proposed project (PDF):

And, The Trust for Public Land's website on the project (lots of great links and info):

Chicago, IL

#5 Nov 10, 2008
Rails to Trails. This has been happening all oner the country for the past 25 years or so(Normal,IL. Monroe, WI.) Modern Green Chicago! bout time we caught up

Oak Park, IL

#6 Nov 10, 2008
Not sure that we need this at any taxpayers expense but if it publically funded why not?

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