August 24 bike forecast: the decline of summer

Thursday, a time of cool weather and earlier sunsets.

THURSDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 71, low 58, partly cloudy, winds from the north-ish

Note that low temperature. Plus the sun now sets at 7:35, apparently. The seasons, they turn, turn, turn.


How chilly is it?

Find a space heater!

No, not really. It’s just pleasantly cool. Cool enough to mitigate at least part of your sweatiness.


DIVVY REPORT: Attention South Shorers, the station at S. Exchange Ave. and S. Saginaw Ave. is down. Up-to-the-minute updates here.


STREET CLOSURES

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PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3.5 out of 4. Again! A great day.

August 23 bike forecast: a gorgeous day.

Is Wednesday a good day to ride a bike?

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Yes.

WEDNESDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 75, low 60, sunny as heck, moderate winds from all over the place, but generally north-ish.

This is all very good, although the PM winds might bother northbound commuters.


CAT GIF WEATHER PREDICTION:

Tomorrow provides the sunny sky, but you’ll have to find the cat yourself.


DIVVY REPORT: A new station opens at Perry Ave. and 69th in Englewood. All stations operational. Up-to-the-minute updates here.


STREET CLOSURES

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PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


Tip of the day…

On the Lake Front Trail, sneak behind the fence near North Avenue Beach to take the new separated bike path, which hasn’t yet opened. It’s velvety smooth and mostly vacant, and you’ll get a thrill from breaking the rules. [Note: don’t blame us if you get in trouble. But no one cares and you won’t get in trouble.]

When the paved segment ends, carry your bike over a bit of gravel and you’ll rejoin the main path looking cooler than the LFT normies.


Spotted on the road…

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Shiny buildings at the Active Trans Leadership Network mixer. Fun!


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3.5 stars, which is outstanding. Ride your bike!

August 21 bike forecast: good weather “eclipsed”

Monday: new week, new weather. Bad weather, actually. And a solar eclipse.

That means we’re packing more info into the weather infographic than ever before.

MONDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 85, low 72, with PM thunderstorms likely and winds from the southish.

Special Eclipse Alert: Sunglasses indicate “solar eclipse,” as does the text, “Eclipse Alert! Maximum Eclipse: ~1:18pm.”

Eclipse begins at 11:54am, but we won’t see “MAX ECLIPSE” until 1:18. Then it all ends at 2:42pm. Cloudy skies will obscure our view, probably. 😦


Recommended Eclipse Gear of the Day:

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Lights. Because it’ll be dark! Duh!


DIVVY REPORT: All stations operational. Up-to-the-minute updates here.


STREET CLOSURES

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PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


A note:

Chicago Bike Report will be changing its format in the coming days and weeks. Will we see more feature stories? Probably. Regular bike commute forecasts? I dunno.

In early September I’m riding my bike from Chicago to New York, which means that either way, post volume will decline. But think of all the cool pix of life on the road you’ll get to see.


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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2 out of 4 stars. Even if you don’t ride, go outside!

August 18 bike forecast: gorgeous, but windy

Friday: as pleasant as this post is brief. (Sorry.)

FRIDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 82, low 66, sunny, windy from the west.


DIVVY REPORT: State and 29th, long thought vanquished, returns. A symbol of our noble city itself, rising from the ashes of 1871 to ever-greater greatness, etc.

Up-to-the-minute updates here.


STREET CLOSURES

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PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3.5 out of 4. GREAT!

August 17 bike forecast: finally, not good

Thursday: good commuting weather marathon comes to an end.

THURSDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 83, low 66, 50% chance of rain, high winds from the southwest


Representation of tomorrow’s predicted weather:

Rough stuff!


DIVVY REPORT: All stations operational. Up-to-the-minute updates here.


STREET CLOSURES

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PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


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2 out of 4 stars. In the realm of mediocre.

August 16 bike forecast: good weather marathon continues

Wednesday: should be nice.

WEDNESDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 81, low 73, partly cloudy all day with a 20% chance of rain and winds from the east


DIVVY REPORT: A new station opens at Chicago Ave. and Dempster St. in Evanston. Hooray. Up-to-the-minute updates here.


STREET CLOSURES

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PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


Spotted on the road…

cedar apple rust mini-gallery:

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Poor hawthorns :(.

Next time it rains (20% chance tomorrow), I suggest you seek out some diseased hawthorn fruit, because the white bristly bits will transform into this:

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Ahh!!!! But also, “cool.”


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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Isn’t this nice weather getting boring? 3 stars. Marked down for possibility of rain.

August 15 bike forecast: lovely, yet again

Did you know we’re in the midst of a good-weather marathon?

TUESDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 79, low 66, a few clouds, moderate winds from the north, and a 15% chance of rain.

Note: if you’re commuting northward in the afternoon, watch out for stiff headwinds. Nothing too crazy, but perhaps enough to skip the LFT.


DIVVY REPORT: All stations operational. Up-to-the-minute updates here.


STREET CLOSURES

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PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


Spotted on the road…

This imposing facade, Edgewater:

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And assorted dead rats (not pictured).


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3.25 out of 4, on account of rain chance and moderate PM winds.

August 14 bike forecast: guess what, still good

As the old CBR adage goes, “New week, new weather.”

MONDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 82, low 68, 20% chance of rain, kinda cloudy, mild winds


DIVVY REPORT: Rainbow Beach station still down, apparently. Otherwise, all stations operational. Up-to-the-minute updates here.


STREET CLOSURES

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PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


Spotted on the road…

The new bikes-only bike path on the Lakefront Trail by North Avenue beach, built but not quite open.

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This is the bike path. The existing LFT along North Avenue beach will become ped only.


Also spotted on the road…

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People protesting in front of Trump Tower. Cyclists were well represented, but unfortunately not photographed.

Let’s take a closer look:

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Vacant retail space at the base of Trump Tower?! Aww.


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3 out of 4 stars. Enjoy!