Meet the 606: Chicago's New Elevated Bikeway and Park

Following in the footsteps of the High Line in New York City, Chicago opened a 2.7-mile elevated park, which has already been extremely popular in its first week. Here we round up the initial reactions to The 606, as the new park is called.

June 12, 2015, 6:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


The 606

http://www.the606.org/ / The 606 Map

"Chicago’s long-awaited bikeway and elevated park, The 606, opened last weekend (on 6/6, no less) to a rush of pedestrians and cyclists who were eager to test out the new 2.7-mile trail after years of planning, design and construction," according to Chris Bentley.

The 606, formerly called the Bloomingdale Trail, "is as much a highway for bikes as anything else, due in part to its having been largely funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) improvement program."

Steven Vance created a time-lapse video of the entire length of The 606, which you can watch here. Vance also wrote for Streetsblog Chicago to explain how he made the video.

Bicycling west to east on the Bloomingdale Trail from Steven Vance on Vimeo.

Writing for Landscape Architecture Magazine, Zach Mortice offers more details about the funding and political support necessary for the park as well as more details about the design of the route.

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