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Only 24 percent of jobs in the region are accessible by transit in 90 minutes or less by a typical resident — and that number drops to 12 percent in the suburbs.

Second Lakefront Trail workshop brings together community of trail users

Twenty people came out recently to the Jackson Park Fieldhouse for Active Trans' second Friends of the Lakefront Trail Visioning Workshop, in partnership with Friends of the Parks and Chicago Area Runners Association

Friends of the Lakefront Trail is a new initiative of Active Trans, representing the interests of Lakefront Trail users and working to improve the recreation and transportation conditions on the trail. As trail users, we are the eyes, feet and wheels on the trail every day — the trail is there to serve us, so our experience, observations and participation are critical to improving the trail. 

Participants at the two workshops we've hosted have provided great ideas for the trail and input on trail access, congestion, conflicts and goals for future advocacy. For example, on the South Side, participants pointed out that there's no access path to the trail at 59th Street (this is currently planned for construction), the 35th Street bridge is not accessible and needs improvement, but the 57th Street access point is a good example of how to do an underpass right.

We received many more notes from the workshop activities, and we'll be sifting through all the comments for the next few days. Stay tuned to this blog for a summary of the input next week.