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Extend the 606/Bloomingdale Trail to Connect to East Riverbank and Cortland

Chicago, IL
Extend the 606/Bloomingdale Trail to Connect to East Riverbank and Cortland

Connecting this site into the 606 was suggested by a couple other people in comments on other ideas, so I'm adding it since it's a great idea on its own. The Bloomingdale Trail could be extended east over the Chicago River to connect with a new riverwalk/park providing walking and biking connections to local streets. The river interrupts the street grid, resulting in few safe and convenient routes for people to bike between neighborhoods on each side of the river -- this would significantly improve the connection between the North Side and Near-Northwest Side. Southport should extend south of Cortland as a bike/pedestrian connection to the riverwalk and the 606, and protected bike lanes should be added on Cortland to connect people to the trail from Clybourn, Racine and Armitage.

RIck Cooper Chicago, IL

It would also be great if at some point, the river walk be extended to the north, or a river trail be added that could connect to The 606.

Lauren Kottis Chicago, IL

It's a great idea that could take on lots of different forms. I was in a semester-long graduate architecture studio at IIT that investigated this idea. We actually proposed a larger strategy of connecting the trail all the way to the Lakefront path, using the Finkl site and existing swing bridge as the "link". I'd welcome anyone interested to take a look at the pages in my portfolio devoted to our work on this project:

-Lauren Kottis

Lee Crandell Chicago, IL

Using Dickens as a link to the Lakefront is a really great idea! Once a path is created on that freight rail right-of-way to connect to the Clybourn/Dickens intersection, then Dickens could pretty easily and quickly be turned into a Neighborhood Greenway at little cost until more significant changes could be made to the street. Dickens would just need some contra-flow bike lanes like the Berteau Greenway -- it wouldn't even need much traffic calming to make it comfortable:

Brenda Barrie Chicago, IL

Great suggestion! Cycling has become more dangerous with the pass through route near the Finkl Steel Mill under construction. Even with this pass through, cyclist had to contend with periodic flat tires. However it was a safer option to pass over the river rather than the dangerous intersection of Damen/Elston/Fullerton or Ashland.

Lukas Kucinski Chicago, IL

I have had this thought for a while now. It is great to see that other's have seriously considered this possibility and that it has the public's support. I hope to see this extension or some version of it come to fruition in the near future.

Rob Tanner Chicago, IL

I love this idea, and think that turning the Z6 swing bridge into (a) a practical bridge to cross the river / extend the trail and (b) a Point of Interest (I'm envisioning a pub on the other side of the river called the Swing Bridge Tavern...) would enhance the Bloomingdale Trail no end. I think it would be fairly trivial to install a bike-friendly surface or dedicated path along N Kingsbury St, and also to divert alongside the train tracks to join up with the Z2 Cherry Ave Bridge to Goose Island. I think a big issue right now is how to cross under/over the I-94 and Ashland Ave (outside of using Cortland Ave). How do we make this happen?!!

David Hussar Chicago,

This could be a major step in making the Chicago river an asset to both the buck town and Lincoln park neighborhoods.

Malcolm Mossman Chicago, IL

I live outside of the affected neighborhoods but support any project that effectively improves the safety and feasibility of alternative transportation options in the city. Connectivity is vital to making that happen and connecting the 606 with other bike corridors would maximize the project's value tremendously.

Vitaliy Vladimirov Chicago, IL

The 606 is wonderful, but a small start in overhauling our city's transportation to include cyclists and encourage healthy, sustainable transportation.

Brian Kobe C Hicago, IL

Why is this important to your neighborhood? (Your comment will be added to the campaign wall)

Brian Kobe C Hicago, IL

This would be amazing- thank you for supporting this project

Geoff Pedrick Chicago, IL

As Rob said, the highway/ashland/train tracks crossing is the tough part here. It would be great if cyclists going from the Near Northwest into Lincoln Park or all the way to the lake could get there safely without having to drop onto busy streets.