Friday, April 17, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail meeting on Wed. 4/15

If you're interested in events and stewardship on the Major Taylor Trail, please join us for our monthly meeting on Wednesday 4/15 at Ridge Park fieldhouse, 1817 W 96th St. (just east of Longwood Dr.), 6:30-8:30 p.m.

We are a non-profit advocacy group working to improve and maintain the Major Taylor Trail and promote its use. We have an active working relationship with the Chicago Park District, Friends of the Parks, Openlands, Forest Preserve District of Cook County and other non-profits and government agencies. We organize bike rides, volunteer workdays,  and other events.

In the past few years, we've done 5 tree planting projects with the Openlands TreeKeepers program: near 87th Street and between 122nd and 127th. In the future, we'd like to add public art projects and other improvements along the trail. We'd love to have your ideas and help with future events and projects.  Please join us!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sunday bike ride and solstice bonfire

Friends of the Forest Preserves is having a solstice bonfire at Whistler Woods. Let's meet at Ridge Park (1817 W 96th St.) at 1:15 for a bike ride on the Major Taylor Trail down to Whistler.  At Whistler, the goal is to burn some of the many logs cut at recent habitat restoration workdays and enjoy the arrival of spring in the great outdoors. Spring plants are emerging and there are lots of migrating birds to see.

We'll head back around 5:00 p.m.  The ride is approximately 5 miles each way at a reasonable pace (10-14 mph).  Anne Alt of Friends of the Major Taylor Trail will lead the ride. For more info, email

Friday, March 6, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

don't be that guy

How many days has it been since our last significant snow?  Too many sidewalks still look like this.

And this.  If you can clear this sidewalk this well, please do the neighborly thing and clear a path all the way to the street.

If there's a wall of snow at the curb (and many are bigger than this one), clearing your sidewalk isn't nearly as effective as it could be in helping people to get out and walk in the neighborhood.

Yes, winter got old a long time ago for many of us. Facing unnecessary difficulties when we want to get out of the house and walk makes it worse.

If you haven't already cleared your sidewalk - and the walls at the curb and alley if those apply to you - please do the kind and considerate thing while it's warm today.  If elderly or ill neighbors can't clear their sidewalks, please help them, too.