Go Evanston Regional Roundup

Rogers Park to complete greenway to Evanston border by November
Anyone who has attempted to navigate the confusing and possibly hazardous journey from Evanston to the Lakefront Trail will likely welcome the completion of the greenway project. Scheduled for completion by November according to Robert Fuller, Legislative Aide to Alderman Joseph Moore, the greenway is designed to provide traffic easing for a calm transit through Rogers Park. The greenway will connect to Edgewater’s already completed greenway which leads to the Lakefront Trail and beyond on the south end. On the North end, the greenway drops bikers off at Juneway and Chicago on the Evanston border. How do you think Evanston should accommodate this this bike traffic dropped at our border?

Lincolnwood Bridge Over Touhy Grand Opened October 11th
The bridge provides easy bike and pedestrian crossing of a challenging section of Touhy Ave. Also, the bridge acts as gateway feature for Lincolnwood, welcoming visitors on this busy multilane street. "The bridge is part of the Valley Line Trail, which connects the Skokie Valley Trail, which runs along rail lines and along Route 41 through northern Cook and Lake counties to the north, to the Sauganash Trail running south to Bryn Mawr Avenue in Chicago." "Federal funding is covering 80 percent of the estimated $3.7 million project through a congestion mitigation and air quality grant administered by the Federal Highway Association, according to the village.”

Wilmette Bike Plan
Comments and suggestions are still welcome on the community input phase of the Wilmette Bike Plan - neighboring communities welcome to contribute and attendance is encouraged for their meeting February 7. Connect with Walk Bike Willmette to stay up-to-date. 

Feasibility Study for North Evanston bikeway connections
Most Go Evanston readers have pedaled the McCormick Boulevard bike path. Most have also pedaled the Green Bay Trail. And most can picture (with the help of the image below) the challenge of getting from one to the other, at the intersection of McCormick and Green Bay Road.

Approaching that intersection along McCormick, from the west-southwest, you're less than 200 feet from the southern end of Poplar Avenue just on the other side of the railroad tracks.  Poplar connects to the Green Bay Trail. Just 200 feet! A stone's throw, literally!

The problem, of course, is that Green Bay Road and the railroad tracks lie in between. How to get across?

This problem is substantial but not insurmountable.  It's already being explored by Jeff Axelrod and others at Bike Wilmette. On behalf of the Canal Shores Golf Course (see right side of image, adjacent to the canal), Jeff secured a design grant from the National Park Service to explore the feasibility of a bike route linking McCormick to points east.

 Depending on the results of that feasibility study, the connection could be as simple as an improved, better-signed surface-grade bikeway running south along Green Bay Road, across the canal, then east on Noyes Street (not shown above) and linking to the existing pedestrian bridge (shown above).  Or it could be more ambitious:  a short elegant underpass beneath Green Bay and the tracks, along the canal, and looping back up to Poplar.  Either of these improvements, if deemed feasible, would serve better to connect McCormick to the Green Bay Trail, and also to Gillson Park and the rest of the lakefront via the Noyes corridor.

The goal is simply to promote a smooth flow of cyclists both east-west and north-south through the snarly McCormick/Green Bay/railroad/canal intersection.  It's a forbidding junction right now, but could become much more bikeable with imagination and investment.

Stay tuned for further developments around the region.

-Posted by Jeff Fervoy, Jeff Balch