All party people, I realize how languorous I have been lately in posting updates of the most bad ass bike gang in Chicago. Fear not, thepuppies have just been planning new fun events for the spring. I have been buried under snow and oppressive cloud cover but you will be happy to know the bicycle is still out pounding the pavement. Some updates include a great time cross country skiing out in Lemont, exploring neighborhoods by foot and bike, and surviving one crazy blizzard (THUNDERSNOW!).

Some ideas for springtime include: 1) A trip to the three floyd’s brewery, 2)  a train ride to La Crosse and a bike trip back to Chicago either by the Mississippi or through the Elroy to Sparta trail > Madison > Milwaukee, 3) train down to Carbondale and explore and camp the Shawnee National Forest. 4) Bike up to Milwaukee, boat across to Michigan, explore, boat back, ride back to Chicago. If you would like to participate in any of the above or have any other suggestions let me know. Other events that still need to occur are the PepyPuppy fundraiser and the first annual puppy urban rural exploration ride (ask for details).

In other interesting news it appears that the Bloomingdale trail may actually happen in our lifetime. This is the almost mythic trail that is “going” to be built for the last 20 years or so. Our new mayor may rahm it through. Get it done and you will always have my vote. Here is what his website says:

The Bloomingdale Trail will be a 2.65-mile multi-use recreational trail built along an elevated rail line along Bloomingdale Avenue on Chicago’s northwest side. The tracks, which are currently unused, will be converted into a safe greenway that accommodates both pedestrian and bike travel, and connects the west side to existing bike lanes that feed into the Loop. There will be multiple access points that double as neighborhood parks and link the trail to existing bike and transit routes. The Damen and Western stops on the Blue Line, the Clybourn Metra station, and the North Avenue, Fullerton, Western Kedzie, Kimball, California, Milwaukee and Ashland busses all pass under, over or nearby the Trail. Thousands of Chicagoans will be able to use the trail to commute to work each morning, and it will serve as a safe route to school for thousands of children who attend one of the 12 public and parochial schools within easy walking distance.

The Trail will be the world’s longest elevated trail and a major tourist draw, but more importantly it will significantly increase transportation options for residents on Chicago’s north west side. The cost – $75 million – will be shared by local, federal, corporate and non-profit partners.

Rahm is committed to having the trail built and functional during his first term. He will ensure the City is expediting review of all related permits, and will co-chair the committee to raise private capital for that portion of the fundraising effort. Because the Trail offers safe routes to schools and fits under the Obama administration’s sustainable communities initiative, Rahm will work to leverage federal dollars that are intended for these types of innovative pilot projects.