June 1 bike forecast: the BEST

Thursday. Some thought this day would never come. Which day?

PEAK BIKE CONDITIONS day.

Make no mistake, this is the best day for bike riding so far this year.


THURSDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 71, low 56, nary a cloud in the sky

AM: low 60s, sunny, little wind

PMhigh 60s, sunny, little wind

Tell me that’s not a nice day! You can’t, because it is a nice day.


How nice is it?

This nice.


How sunny is it?

Protective eyewear recommended.


DIVVY REPORT: all stations operational.

But if you’re in the Loop, good luck finding one. Evidence from today, c. 7pm:

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STREET CLOSURES

and

PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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An historic first. 4/4 stars. Jesus Christ, ride your bike.

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May 31 bike forecast: REALLY NICE

Wednesday: we approach peak bike commute conditions.

Drudge Siren alert!!!

WEDNESDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:unnamed.jpg

Look at that–nary a cloud in the sky, except for that tiny one in the PM.

Overall: high 71, low 54, sunny as heck

AM: 60º, sunny, winds from the west at 8 MPH

PM70º, sunny, winds from the WNW at 11 MPH


How sunny is it?

It’s so sunny that if you have an albino dog, you should apply sunscreen to it.


Recommended Eyewear/Vital Essences of the Day:

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or

You decide.


LETTUCE CAT WIND METER:

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It ain’t nothing, but not too bad either.


DIVVY REPORT: all stations operational.


STREET CLOSURES

and

PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


And, drumroll…

OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3.8/4. REALLY GOOD! A smidgen too windy, but srsly, ride your bike.

May 30 bike forecast: nice

Solemn post-Memorial Day, everyone. Now you can look forward to a nice day to ride a bike tomorrow.

WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 71, low 52, 40% chance of rain… with possible thunderstorms around 2pm.

AM: 60º, sunny, wind form the west at 8 MPH

PM: high 60s, partly cloudy, 20% chance of rain, wind 14 MPH from the west-southwest



CAT WEATHER REPORT:

Sunny in the morning. Protective eyewear not a bad idea.



DIVVY REPORT: all stations operational.


STREET CLOSURES

and

PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


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3.6/4. That’s REALLY GOOD. Go ride your bike, jeez!

May 26th bike forecast: T-storms possible!!

Friday: t-storms in evening possible! Alert alert!

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Overall: high 63, low 55, not too windy, cloudy with 60% chance of rain

AM: mid 50s, calm winds, partly cloudy with 15% chance of rain

PM: low 60s, cloudy, 40% chance of thunderstorms, 10 MPH winds from the ENE


Feline Weather Representation:

40% chance of rain? Disassemble your salad spinner and place its various parts on your head. Protect yourself!


DIVVY REPORT: all stations operational.


STREET CLOSURES

and

PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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2.5/4. Because who knows, maybe it won’t rain.

Enjoy your rides!

May 25 bike forecast: all right weather, new plans for LSD?

Thursday: a pretty nice day to ride a bike.

THURSDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 63, low 50, cloudy, 20% chance of rain.

AM: mid 50s, cloudy, windy from the NNW.

PM: high 50s, partly cloudy, wind from the north at 13 MPH


Lettuce Cat Wind Meter:

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Lettuce knocked off head! That means it’ll be pretty windy.


DIVVY BIKE REPORT: All stations operational.


STREET CLOSURES

and

PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


In other news…

Check out the plans to reconstruct North Lake Shore Drive on Streetsblog.

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Cool.

And oy, a scary video of a cyclist getting doored on ever-dangerous Milwaukee Avenue a couple days ago. (h/t Chicagoist.)

As always, watch out for clueless drivers and passengers.


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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2.9/4. A good day to ride a bike.

May 24th bike forecast: more rain

Wednesday: like Tuesday, but worse. Rainy, windy, lame.

In news: in case there were doubts before, the detour is officially in effect on Lake Front Trail between Diversey and North. According to one Chainlink user:

The detour is pretty well marked surprisingly enough.

The mornings tend to be a lot lighter traffic, but there were less people on the detour than I normally see on the LFT.  We’ll see how it is in the afternoon.

Unfortunately we never heard how it was in the afternoon. (We’re guessing wet!!!!)

WEDNESDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 56, low 50, windy from the north, rain likely

AM: mid 50s, cloudy, rain likely, wind 9 MPH from the north

PM: mid 50s, cloudy, rain possibly, pretty windy from the north


Lettuce Cat Wind Meter:

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Make no mistake: it’s windy. Not extremely windy, but windy nonetheless.


Recommended Rain Gear of the Day:

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DIVVY REPORT: all stations operational.


STREET CLOSURES

and

PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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1.75/4. Pretty bad!

But who knows, maybe it won’t rain. Enjoy your rides!

May 23 bike forecast: rainy

With the first day ALFTC (After Lake Front Trail Closure) apparently behind us, we look ahead to a rainy Tuesday.

But hey, how was the new Lake Front Detour? I don’t know, I didn’t ride it. Did you? Some people say construction hasn’t even begun. Huh.

(EDIT: Apparently it started this morning.)

Anyway, weather.

TUESDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 67, low 50, cloudy, 70% chance of rain

AM: high 50s, light wind, cloudy and 35% chance of rain

PM: low 60s, light wind, cloudy and 40% chance of rain


Recommended Rain Gear of the Day:

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Thick, black, heavy duty latex. Rain or shine. Protect yourself!


DIVVY REPORT: all stations operational.


STREET CLOSURES

and

PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


IN OTHER NEWS…

A new, 2 mile bike lane will be coming to Milwaukee Avenue… in Irving Park and Portage Park.


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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2/4. Rain at fault.

May 22nd Bike Forecast: LFT detour, nice weather

Monday: weather looks all right.

But in bigger news, tomorrow the Park District will shut down the Lake Front Trail between Diversey and North Avenue for 3 months. This as construction begins on the plan to segregate the pedestrian and cycling traffic on this segment of the trail. You’ve been warned.

Here’s a map of the detour. It’s about half a mile longer than the regular LFT, so give yourself an extra 2.5 minutes.Lakefront_Trail_Detour_Sign_REV_2.jpg

Zoomable version here.

Okay, onto the weather.

MONDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 74, low 54, partly cloudy, a little windy, 20% chance of rain.

AM: mid 50s, clear skies, 10 MPH winds from the SW.

PM: low 70s, cloudy, 15 MPH winds from the SW, chance of rain.


CAT WIND METER:

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Fairly windy, nothing crazy.


DIVVY REPORT: all stations operational.


STREET CLOSURES

and

PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3 out of 4. Very pleasant. Enjoy your rides!

May 19 bike commute: Cold, rainy, windy

Goodbye, summer weather.

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FRIDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:unnamed.jpg

Overall: High 51, low 46, 90% chance of rain, windy

AM: high 40s, cloudy, 20% chance of rain, winds from the NE at 16 MPH.

PM: low 50s, cloudy, 40% chance of rain, 18 MPH winds from the NNE.

Looks like a high probability of rain around 2-3 PM.


Lettuce Cat Wind Meter

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Windy.


Recommended Weather Gear of the Day:

This definitely won’t turn your bike into a death kite.


DIVVY REPORT: All stations operational.


STREET CLOSURES

and

PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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1.75 stars. Not good. Happy Bike to Work Day!

Bike Lane Review: The Glenwood Greenway

This past week saw the opening of the long-awaited Glenwood Greenway, a $65,000 bike lane on Glenwood Avenue between Ridge and Foster. The interesting thing about the Glenwood Greenway is that it’s a “contraflow” bike lane, meaning that the bike lane is oriented against car traffic. Car lane goes north, bike lane goes south.

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The project took two whole years to materialize, possibly because some residents complained it would impede cars and “blight the community with ugly signs.” But most people seemed to support the project. 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman persevered, and here we are.

So how’d it turn out? CBS News is again predicting bike-pocalypse. But I happened to ride on this stretch four times Wednesday, and I, for one, think it’s pretty good.

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