« on: September 03, 2009, 06:59:43 AM »
Hey All...I will be an incoming 1L living at Regents in about a week. Do you guys know if the lake shore drive bike path goes all the way down to 61st street? And if it does, does anyone who lives at Regents ride their bike to class (I really abhor the whole idea of constantly needing to "catch the bus" to get home or to class)? Also, is it crazy to think I can ride my bike the 7 miles from Regents, up the shore, to union station (I will be needing to visit my gf at U of I at least a few times during football season lol)?
Thanks, and I look forward to meeting you all!
As a fellow bike rider I can answer this. Like Anon said, it's very easy to ride down to the LS from Regents in good weather (or bad if you're brave) on the surface streets. You can definitely ride on the path down to 57th st if you'd like (it goes further but you need to cross under LSD at 57th) and then over to the LS. And yes, you can ride up to Union Station or take a bus up there for a couple of bucks. There are tons of bikers in HP so you'll be in good company; my best tip is to learn which streets are not so heavily traveled and ride those. I do this and have thus far avoided any problems with cars/people etc...
You can definitely ride your bike from Regents; I live near there and rode in through most of fall quarter and all of spring quarter. Regular streets in Hyde Park are fine. But I actually recommend more heavily trafficked streets--they're often better maintained (Chicago=potholes), and cars on busier streets go slower and are used to looking out for cyclists. Just don't get doored.
And you should do the South Side Bike Tour (http://chicagostudies.uchicago.edu/discover_tours.html) early October-ish. It's really fun, and one of the stops is right near Union Station.
I disagree about the busier streets idea - it's been my experience that cars tend to zoom in and around bicyclists on Woodlawn/Ellis/etc with little regard. I try to ride on the wide one-way streets like Blackstone and Greenwood and have never had any problems. As long as you're paying attention you can avoid the potholes but to each his own - you're probably more adventurous than me.