I have been watching the village board study sessions and meetings on channel 6 from the relative comfort and quiet of my home and I believe I am beginning to understand what the new Oak Park looks like.
Traveling en masse with 25 other bikers creates a certain right-of-way in the streets of Oak Park. They blow through traffic lights and stop signs, as long as there's no other traffic, and a ripple of hands indicates every turn before it happens.
Keep cycling west along Augusta Boulevard and you'll catch the Grand Bicycle Trail of Illinois, the longest continuous bike trail in the state. The trail was created in the early 1990s and joins several bike trails in Illinois into one continuous trail. It also goes through River Forest?#34;look for signs on Washington Boulevard or Keystone Avenue.
Though Oak Park's hope to one day "cap" the Eisenhower Expressway has drawn both community enthusiasm and skepticism, the idea now appears to have at least grabbed greater attention from Congress, which voted last week to include $4.8 million in the federal transportation bill for further study of the project.
About five years ago, the Village of Oak Park became intentionally more pro-active in promoting the use of bicycles?#34;just one component in a more comprehensive effort to address area traffic congestion as development increases population density.
Omigod! Just when we were ready to veg out into the dog days of summer, all hell has broken loose! There is so much cool stuff happening around here that the head spins! We are tempted to go eat donuts until the excitement passes, but we will not. Pencil gripped firmly in hand, we seize our daybook and write.