If Illinois politics is a spectator sport, then Chicago politics is pro wrestling.
from Time Out Chicago:
Trails and tribulations
"Today, you can ride the [North Shore Channel Trail] north unhindered—-until you go underneath the busy intersection of Peterson and Lincoln Avenues, where the trail peters out. Oddly, it picks up almost immediately on the other side of the river. With no way across the water, cyclists must double back to Lincoln and cross the roadway bridge (with car traffic), or proceed north along Kedzie Avenue to Devon Avenue, where they can cross the river (again with traffic) on the Devon bridge before picking up the trail and continuing north.
"For the past two years, cycling advocates and Ald. Bernard Stone of the 50th Ward have butted heads over a bike bridge just north of Peterson that was supposed to solve that problem. The bridge was planned for and funded, according to Chicagoland Bicycle Federation officials, but Stone has chosen not to move forward with the project.
"Stone faces three opponents on the February 27 ballot, including Naisy Dolar, a former member of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations and cyclist who has embraced the issue. On Saturday 17, bike activists are hosting the 'Build the Bridge!' concert to benefit Dolar, who, if elected, would become the city’s first Asian-American alderman."
I didn't think that gap--admittedly a bizarre one--was that bad when I rode on the North Shore Channel Trail (on my way to Wisconsin), but then again (1) I generally know what I'm doing and (2) compared to Lawrence Ave. under construction on a Wednesday afternoon that one little hiccup in the trail was a piece of cake. (The detour is well marked.) But I can easily see how that would be a major problem for most of the people who would want to use that trail. I'm just endlessly amused by the fact that they're actually turning it into a campaign issue up there.