Saturday, June 22, 2013

Chicago Cycle Chic

Went up to Chicago this past weekend for a graduation and saw a lot of Dutch bikes around and people cycling everywhere. Love the city and applaud Mayor Rahm for all of his efforts to put pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit first before drivers. Also what's amazing is how green the city is. I mean literally there are so many trees! Even in the asphalt jungle of downtown, there's pocket oasises where office workers congregate to eat their lunches and enjoy the warm weather under lush shades. I also saw the protected cycle track on Dearborn but sadly didn't end up having time to rent any bikes this time around. Also didn't see any of the bike sharing stations! What gives, Chicago?!?

A couple things stood out to me that I want to mention : Chicago has a habit of spending money every summer to plant palm trees all over the city for a couple of months of aesthetics before cold weather kills them off. I guess everyone has their thing to spend money on, like WPB and the grass. Chicago also made use of their waterfront on Lake Michigan to build an extensive network of wide parks and bike/pedestrian trails with the high-rise condos on the other side of the road. Pedestrian/bike access comes in the form of intersection crossings and tunnels under the road. With all the controversy currently on the proposed high-rise tower on the water, I wish Downtown WPB would take some hints and ideas from true world-class cities instead of constantly just doing whatever.

Oh and fyi - Go Blackhawks!

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Saw this bike 2 days in a row in 2 separate locations randomly

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Beautiful Danish Velorbis with tulips <3 p="">
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3 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Fun to see the city through another's eyes!

    The bike share was supposed to open last week, but has been delayed by two weeks.

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    1. Aw boo! Would've been awesome!
      It's funny how different pockets of the city have such vast temperature differences as well, made more notable by how last week Thursday-Friday was the cold front and Saturday-Monday was really hot.I always enjoy my trips up there and even though I partially grew up in NYC (and south Florida is really just an extension of NY), I love Chicago more and deep dish is my fav :)

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  2. Great photos, makes me want to visit Chicago again!

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