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More Biking Means Fewer Headaches

By Alicia Dorr in News on Feb 21, 2007 8:00PM

4824.jpgWe know you've been writing to Blagojevich, Daley and all the CTA members faithfully each day, pleading for more money for the CTA (ahem). You haven't wanted to give in to your addiction to oil and drive a car, despite all of the ways lawmakers are trying to ease congestion. You may just start hopping around on jets if you get your passenger's bill of rights, but until then, you need some hope that your transportation woes will be addressed.

This is where we tell you to get a bike.

We know, we know, you wear high heels or don't like to muss your hair, but we're telling you, in Chicago everything is coming up bikes. The latest news makes opting not to bike even harder: advocates are looking to make the idea of a bike trail from here to Lake County a reality. The Skokie Valley Trail, which already exists in some parts of Cook County, would begin at Glenview Road in Glenview and weave through north suburbia. The 7-mile trail would even be converted from parts of the old Union Pacific Railroad track, and we know how much you like to recycle.

This idea is still up in the air, however, as a feasiblilty study by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation still needs to be done. You've got some time to think it over, because the public meeting about the trail isn't scheduled until April 19. And just think — by then the weather will probably be fine, just perfect for a bike ride.

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