Cycling Advocates Ride to Pro Walk Pro Bike 2006

Daily Trip Log

from Vancouver B.C. to Madison, Wisconsin

Picture of Vancouver, BCGrouse Mountain Vancouver B.C.
Chicago, IL
Date: 2006-09-15
Distance: 92 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 5.10 Hours
Average Speed: 17.94 kph
  Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver - 4,404 Kilometres  

Thoughts for the Day



Warm day with warm wind blowing off Lake Michigan.

  Cycled a future bike lane street. Actually had sections of bike lane and some sections taken out. Then, I cycled on the Lakefront Trail along the shore of Lake Michigan to within 3 km of Indiana. From there, cycled north on South Chicago, St. and Marquette St. bike lanes back to the Lakefront Trail and into the downtown area.

I was to meet John at 6:00 pm at the John Hancock Center. It was getting a bit late and I still had some distance to go. The Skyline of Downtown was in sight but still many kilometres away. A muscled female cyclist came zipping by. It was just what I needed, a pacer to get me working. The rest of the trip was much faster as we took turns pacing each other. Once in a while I enjoy being motivated by a strong cyclist.

  Overshot streets on the way to the Center a couple of times but made it just in time. It did give me a chance to see some of the more neighbourhood downtown streets with their bike lanes and restaurants.

  Then on to a sushi restaurant on Ontario St., sitting in the outside café enjoying a warm evening.

Low traffic level on streets and lower than anticipated on Lakefront Trail.

  The ride this morning was enjoyable as the traffic was very light. Only in a neighbourhood shopping district did the traffic built up a bit. But then the speed also dropped to a comfortable level.

  It was interesting to note how heavily the streets were packed with vehicles during the rush hour and how light it was after that.

Navy Pier

  While sitting on a bench by the water and enjoying the warm breeze, a small two-person rubber zodiac boat came by with the driver waving. The name “Coast Guard” was printed on the gunnels with a Tommy gun on the bow. Glad to see that all are well protected. Guess this is what freedom has come to mean in the country that boasts it leads democracy in the world. Rule by gun.


Cycling Facilities



Chicago, Illinois