Major Taylor Trail

CYCLE CHICAGO, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, MAJOR TAYLOR TRAIL The Major Taylor Trail starts in the Dan Ryan Woods, continues south through a short segment on city streets, parallels an abandoned railroad right-of-way, crosses the Calumet Sag Channel and finishes in Riverdale’s Whistler Forest Preserve. It offers a lot of variety and plenty of things to see along the way. As such, this bike ride takes you through areas that are lush and green as well as rough and rundown, quiet and residential as well as urban and traffic congested. Marshall “Major” Taylor was truly inspiring. Born in 1878, the immensely talented athlete was the American sprint champion in 1890 and set several world records. He raced in Europe and Australia, was considered the fastest bicyclist in the world and lit the field afire at a time when bicycle racing was the biggest national and international sport. Overcoming racial discrimination, the devout, hardworking, tea-totaling Taylor was the first African-American athlete to achieve the level of renowned world champion. Still, most Americans have never heard of him. Taylor has several ties to Chicago. FOOD AND DRINK There are several restaurants and stores between the first and third miles of the ride. ACCESS Mass transit is not recommended for this ride, although several CTA buses, including the #48 South Damen, #9 Ashland, #8A South Halsted and #108 Halsted/95th, intersect the trail at various points. By car, exit Interstate 94 at 83rd Street going west. After 2.5 miles, turn north into the entrance of Dan Ryan Woods’ “North Groves 15 & 16” and drive to the northeast corner of the parking lot.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Medium
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 26.0
First Aid
Bike hire facilities
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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