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New initiative to give Lakefront Trail users the latest conditions

For many years, Active Trans has used its blog to provide Chicago Lakefront Trail users with regular updates about trail conditions, detours and events affecting trail use.

Now, Active Trans is launching an expanded reporting system that allows trail users to share current trail conditions via Twitter to provide more timely information on the conditions of the 18-mile trail.

The webpage will display the Twitter feed of @activetransLFT (, our Lakefront Trail Conditions Twitter account, and any Twitter posts from trail users that use the hashtag #CHILFT.

Trail users are encouraged to report detours and other conditions such as snow, debris and high waves so that everyone can safely enjoy the Lakefront Trail.

“When you step out of the door, it will be great to have current information about what’s happening on the trail,” said Johanna Thompson, a year-round bike commuter who works at the Field Museum. “Knowing that there’s ice at Fullerton or that the sand has been swept up near 31st will make bike commutes a lot smoother.”