Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Whistler Woods habitat restoration workday on Sat. 7/1

It's great to get outdoors. Volunteers are needed this Saturday 7/1 from 10 am to 1 pm for a habitat restoration workday - invasive species removal.  Light snacks and water will be available.


Hiking boots or other boots or shoes that offer good support and traction are a good idea. When you arrive, look for volunteers along the lefthand side of the main parking lot, near the end of the parking lot. If you have work gloves, bring them, otherwise gloves will be available.  

How to get there:   Whistler Woods is just east of 13400 S Halsted in Riverdale.

By bike: if you're coming from the north, ride the Major Taylor Trail south until it ends in Whistler Woods and continue to the parking lot to find the volunteers.

By car: take Halsted to Forestview (13400S) - parking lot is the first left turn after you turn east onto Forestview.

From I-57, exit at eastbound 127th, then turn right on Halsted, then continue to 13400S and follow the directions above.

From I-94, exit at westbound 130th.  Continue past the viaduct, right (northbound) on Indiana, then continue left on 127th. Follow the directions above.

By transit:  Pace 352 Halsted bus

Monday, June 26, 2017

simple ways to help prevent crashes

Most crashes are not accidents. The word "accident" suggests something that is unavoidable due to circumstances beyond the parties' control. Most of the time, that is not the case. The majority of crashes are preventable, often by very simple measures. I would like to offer a few easy suggestions, based on years of experience in different kinds of traffic situations.

1. Use TURN SIGNALS, whether or not there are other vehicles close by. Even if you don't see another vehicle approaching the intersection, pedestrians and cyclists need to know whether or not your car is turning. Having a clue about a driver's intentions can make a big difference to a pedestrian or cyclist in determining whether or not one can safely cross in the crosswalk or get through the intersection before the light changes.

2. Turn on your car's lights at night or in reduced visibility situations (rain or fog). It's helpful if other people can see where you are.

3. A yield sign calls on the driver to do the following: Slow down, defer to oncoming or intersecting traffic, stop when necessary, proceed when safe, and remain aware of oncoming vehicles.  

At intersections with no stop or yield signs, following the yield procedure should be the default, yet too many drivers in our neighborhood treat this situation as an open invitation to blast through the intersection and expect everyone else to get out of their way, the vehicular equivalent of a raised middle finger.



4. Pay attention to your surroundings and other people nearby, regardless of whether they are walking, biking, driving, etc. That phone call or text message can wait.

If you want a quick reference on Illinois laws regarding bicycles, you'll find it right here. The City of Chicago recently released its Vision Zero plan for reducing traffic fatalities. Each of us can make a difference in making our streets safer, by actions that each of us take as individuals and by exerting peer pressure to help create a culture of yielding and being more aware of other people around us on the street.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Slow Roll coming to Beverly on Sat. 7/29

Slow Roll is coming to Beverly on the afternoon of Sat. 7/29. Save the date.

If you or anyone you know wants to ride but doesn't have a bike, it's possible to have Divvy bikes or kids' bikes available if we get enough response in advance (preferably before 7/4).

To indicate an interest in using a Divvy bike or kid's bike, please email s4c.south@gmail.com and indicate whether you would need a Divvy bike or kid's bike (and approximate size of the child if it's a kid's bike).

Click on this link to get the most current info on the ride. The ride will go a community event - more details soon.

Friday, June 23, 2017

non sequitur Friday

Variations on a theme...

By the guy who wrote it.


By the singer who made it famous.


A tribute.


Monday, June 19, 2017

96th St. construction update

I previously posted the info below. This morning I got a better look. While this does affect the ability of traffic to cross the Metra tracks, it's actually a utility project - looks like replacement of water and sewer lines. This might take a while.
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Last night I discovered a bit of construction I wasn't expecting.



Hopefully they'll be done within a week or two.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail workday on Sat. 6/17

This Saturday 6/17 Friends of the Major Taylor Trail will be having a trail clean-up workday to continue the clean-up work we did on Earth Day.  This event is part of It's Your Park Day.

We will meet at 9:00 a.m. by the mural -  where the trail meets 111th St. (approx. 1030W) and work until around noon. 



If you plan to join us, please RSVP at the link below, so that we have an idea how many volunteers to expect. If you have questions or aren't on Chainlink, contact us by email.

http://www.thechainlink.org/events/friends-of-the-major-taylor-trail-workday-3

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Whistler Woods habitat restoration workday on Sat. 6/10 - CANCELLED

Just got a CANCELLATION notice from the workday leader. :(  Workday at Dan Ryan Woods is still on, so you if you want to get a dose of nature, I hope you'll go there instead.

It's great to get outdoors. Volunteers are needed on Saturday 6/10 from 10 am to 1 pm for a habitat restoration workday - invasive species removal.  Light snacks and water will be available. This is rescheduled from 6/3.



Hiking boots or other boots or shoes that offer good support and traction are a good idea. When you arrive, look for volunteers along the lefthand side of the main parking lot, near the end of the parking lot. If you have work gloves, bring them, otherwise gloves will be available.  

How to get there:   Whistler Woods is just east of 13400 S Halsted in Riverdale.

By bike: if you're coming from the north, ride the Major Taylor Trail south until it ends in Whistler Woods and continue to the parking lot to find the volunteers.

By car: take Halsted to Forestview (13400S) - parking lot is the first left turn after you turn east onto Forestview.

From I-57, exit at eastbound 127th, then turn right on Halsted, then continue to 13400S and follow the directions above.

From I-94, exit at westbound 130th.  Continue past the viaduct, right (northbound) on Indiana, then continue left on 127th. Follow the directions above.

By transit:  Pace 352 Halsted bus

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Dan Ryan Woods habitat restoration workday on Sat. 6/10

It's great to get outside. Come out and volunteer at Dan Ryan Woods this Saturday 6/10 from 9:00 am-noon for Friends of the Forest Preserves' monthly habitat restoration workday. Tools, gloves, and training provided. If you have work gloves you like, bring those. Wearing hiking boots or work boots is recommended.

Meet at the 91st St. parking lot (just north of the 91st St. Metra station).  Please contact Larry Unruh at 708-752-2623 or Benjamin Cox at 773-398-1178 or benjamin@fotfp.org for more information.