As an avid biker and runner on the lakefront, there are things I see and all I want to do is yell at people to tell them to stop! And there are many times that I do. This type of blog has been done a billion times, but I wouldn’t be doing my own blog justice if I didn’t touch on this topic. So here we go, here’s a list of my top pet peeves on the lakefront.
The easiest and most important rule to live by on the path is to treat it as if you were driving on the road, it really will help in every situation.
-DO NOT for any reason stop in the middle of the path. Would you stop your car in moving traffic, probably not (at least I hope you wouldn’t). If you have to stop, move to the right side, yes the right, not the left, and take care of whatever you need to take care of there.
-Stay on the right side of the path. Again, this goes back to the being on the road. Are we in England? Nope, so you wouldn’t drive on the left side, so don’t walk/bike there either.
-Please do not let children/dogs run wild. This is for the safety of everyone! If your child runs into the middle of the path when a bunch of bikers are coming, they may not be able to stop in time or they may not hit your child, but they may injure themselves.
-When passing someone check over your left shoulder, if someone else is coming, slow down, wait until that person passes, and then you can pass the person in front of you. This is especially true if you are running and a biker is coming up behind you fast and furious. Not looking before passing is a death sentence.
-Also when passing, nicely say “on your left”. This will alert others that they need to make sure to stay in their lane and not weave into you as you are passing. If there are only a few people on the path, you probably don’t need to do this, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
-Only walk in pairs. Any more than that and you’re taking up too much of the path. OH and STOP walking three deep, each with a bicycle. First off, get on your damn bike, second, you are taking up so much damn room! Are you that rude that you think on one else should be able to enjoy the path?
-Stop it with the bell! Awesome, you are visiting our fair city and you’ve rented a bike to tour the lakefront. Fantastic! It’s a great way to be active and see the sights. There is a bell attached the handle bars, use it when passing someone, not every flippin second!! You are annoying and I want to throw you in the freezing cold lake!
The Chicago lakefront is 20 miles of fantastic views and wonderful motivation to keep active. We can all enjoy the path, as long as you approach it with common courtesy, and common sense (which I know is not that common).