Question for Chicagoans
How often do you ride on the Lakefront Path?
I'm suddenly curious because I just realized something. People from elsewhere ask me all the time if I ride on "that trail there by the lake," and I always thought of it as an unbelievably silly question: of course I do, all the time--it's right there! But I live all of two blocks away from the "uncrowded" southern half,* and around here it's the quickest and most direct route downtown; if I lived in, say, Logan Square, that wouldn't be the case. So maybe there really isn't an obvious answer to that question.
Speaking of the Lakefront Path, why in the world does the Grand Illinois Trail route mercilessly direct riders to Navy Pier and the absolute worst segment of any bike trail in the Chicago area--that narrow, barrier-strewn, tourist-choked sidewalk along lower Lake Shore Drive? That should qualify as cruel and unusual punishment.
*This is all relative, of course. The part near 31st St. Beach is no picnic (actually it's one big picnic, which is the problem), but from what I hear the stretch up near Lakeview must be a solid mass of sweaty, half-naked northsiders.