Cyclists need help accessing the Prairie Path

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Riders of the Illinois Prairie Path confront a decidedly bicycle-hostile start at First Avenue, and shortly thereafter at Mannheim Road. Both multi-lane streets should have traffic lights that bike-riders could activate, or pedestrian/bicycle overpasses. Instead we face a death-defying gauntlet of traffic.

That's why I created a petition to the Illinois State House, the Illinois State Senate, and Governor Pat Quinn, which says:

"The Illinois Prairie Path should be improved where it intersects First Avenue and Mannheim Road. Both multi-lane streets have heavy traffic and should have traffic lights that bike-riders could activate, or pedestrian/bicycle overpasses. At First Avenue, there is already a traffic light, but it can be activated only by cars. A simple button there would make a huge difference."

Will you sign this petition? Go to

Thomas DeCoursey

Oak Park

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Posted: August 28th, 2013 4:59 PM

As a frequent rider on the IPP, I agree. Notably, the fly-over bridges on the Great Western Trail have recently opened and are wonderful. Something like that could work at the Mannheim crossing.

Laura Perna from River Forest  

Posted: August 28th, 2013 3:23 PM

I have referred this letter to IDOT Who has jurisdiction over these intersections...


Posted: August 28th, 2013 9:51 AM

In reviewing these intersections on Google maps, it look like visibility in general needs to be improved. Street markings and bicycle crossing signage would help as well. I would add that to the petition.

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