Chicago-area bike trails on a roll


Ten years ago, a group of people got together in the south suburbs, ordered pizza and talked about creating a bike trail along the banks of the Cal-Sag Channel. Many meetings and many pizzas later, that trail is about to be built. Wending its way along the water for 28 miles from Lemont to Burnham, the Cal-Sag Trail will connect 14 communities, giving cyclists and walkers direct access to half a dozen commuter train stations. Like a long, linear puzzle piece, it will hook up with other regional trails, making it possible for pedalers packing plenty of Power Bars to ride a nearly 100-mile loop on protected pathways in the Southland. “Usually trails this scale, through an area like this, are 20- and 30-year trails,” said Steve Buchtel, …Read More

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The best bike map for the Chicago region comes from Active Transportation Alliance, which is releasing a new edition this summer. The updated version is cleaner than previous incarnations, with … Read More

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