Chicago Closes Lake Shore Drive for Cyclists
18,000 riders show up
Two women in Chicago have a great blog Let’s Go Ride a Bike – City Cycling with Style Since 2008 – that’s on my daily must-read list.
Dottie posted an account of Chicago’s annual Bike the Drive event held May 24. The city closes Lake Shore Drive, the main scenic highway that parallels Lake Michigan, to motorized vehicles and opens it up to cyclists.
An estimated 18,000 riders showed up. That’s about half the population of my home town.
A major highway covered with bikes
At first I thought, whoopity zoopity. Big deal. Then I watched the video. Several times.
It blew me away to see a major highway covered in bikes.
It just goes to prove the old Fields of Dreams adage: build it and they will come.
If bikes had even a fraction of the infrastucture devoted to motorized vehicles, can you imagine the impact it would make?
Bike beats train and cab in NY
Oh, yeah, and for the fifth consecutive year, cycling beat out the subway and taxi in the Transportation Alternative’s annual commuter race.
This year the race took off from Sunnyside, Queens and ended in Columbus Circle.
It took librarian Rachel Myers 20 minutes and 15 seconds to pedal the 4.2 miles during the morning rush.
Subway rider Dan Hendrick – who hopped the No. 7 in Sunnyside and transferred to the No. 1 at Times Square – arrived 15 minutes after the biker.
A yellow cab rolled up to the finish line with a finishing time of about 47 minutes – nearly half an hour after the cyclist — and costing passenger Willie Thompson $30