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Old 05-03-10, 11:35 PM
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Illinois - Orland Park, Tinley park, Homer glen, Lockport, Lemont riders route help?

Just thought I would take a stab at this problem on BF.

I just switched jobs. I have to come south on I-355 by car. I can get off anywhere within 10 to 15 miles of Oak Park Ave and 159th street, park, and ride the rest of the way in. Time contstraints make longer than 15 miles a problem. I need a bike reasonable route. So far it seems that all the roads are narrow and lacking a shoulder, and that the drivers get speed crazy as soon as they can leave the strip malls and traffic lights of Orland Park. In my car, I have seen some pretty stupid driving in the area, I think because it gets rural yet heavily travelled, and that promotes wreckless behavior.

So far I have found 167th street west towards Southwest Highway and the Orland Park Metra station to seem possible. I get about a 9 mile ride to work. A route in from futher up north could save me some driving time, and perhaps get me a few more miles.

I am unfamiliar with the area. Haven't seen other cyclists yet, and since co-workers think this is insane, the only useful info I get from them is that routes they say to avoid by car might be good routes by bike, since they deem them too slow. I am hoping local road riders from the area can steer me onto good streets.
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The 4th Edition of the Chicagoland Bicycle Map (2003) shows 151st from Archer to Wolf as 'medium' lane width and traffic density, but a lot has changed out there in the past 7 years. A new edition of the map is supposed to be released this spring. https://www.activetrans.org/ Orland Park is fairly active with new bike paths and lanes. Try googling for their on line bike map to plan the end of your commute. I have no personal knowledge of the conditions on those roads as I have never biked out that way.
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Funny you should post that. Just yesterday I travelled 151st. There is a puiblic golf course with a large parking lot, and 151st street sees only light to medium traffic. It also takes me, via 153rd street, to a residential road that ends a half mile from my destination. I do my first run on Monday - too many thunderstorms to try it tomorrow.

There are some paved forest preserve paths that end a half block from work as well, but so far I only found about 5 miles worth, But if there are nearby connecting paths that could be good. Thanks for the tip.
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Hey Randy-

How did you know that the Active Transportation Alliance is putting out a new edition of the Chicagoland bicycle Map? The website is still selling the 4th (2003) edition, and that's what my new membership said I would receive.
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Originally Posted by Hot Potato
How did you know that the Active Transportation Alliance is putting out a new edition of the Chicagoland bicycle Map?
As a member, I was invited to, and attended a south suburban meeting where they took suggestions for revisions and corrections to the map. Back in November 2009 they were shooting for a May 2010 release, but I've seen nothing recently about the new version; the date has probably slipped.
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What did you think of the organization? Is there more to it than bike to work week and a map? Are my membership dues put to good use?
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I think they earn their keep. They have a lot of advocacy programs as well as assisting communities to set up bike facilities.
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Originally Posted by Hot Potato
What did you think of the organization? Is there more to it than bike to work week and a map? Are my membership dues put to good use?
They are very active in the Chicago area, and have many more activities than bike-to-work week; Bike the Drive, for instance. Imagine Lake Shore Drive closed for a half day from Hollywood to 63rd for a bike ride. Kewl. Yes, your membership dues are put to good use.

Check out the website: https://www.activetrans.org/ Read the blog. Good info there.
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