Inaugural Ride of Cal-Sag Trail (2015)

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What a nice trail!

  • The Cal-Sag Trail is 26 miles long, from Route 83 near Lemont, Illinois to the Burnham Greenway near the Indiana border; get the map
  • The trail’s western segment, Cicero Avenue in Alsip to Rt. 83 in Lemont, will open by Fall 2014. Sections of the eastern segment, Cicero Avenue to the Burnham Greenway, will open from Spring 2015 – Fall 2016.
  • Driving the progress are public & private partnerships between towns, business, and community groups working towards a Triple Bottom Line
  • The Trail is an old idea whose time has come – area planning maps from the 1970s promoted a multi-use path along the waterway
  • 50% of the land required for the Cal-Sag Trail is set aside by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District for recreational use
  • More than 185,000 Southland residents live within a mile of the trail. Within a 15 minute drive live 1.2 million people
  • The Cal-Sag Trail is the Chicago Southland’s longest trail; it’s eight miles longer than Old Plank Road Trail, and provides trail access to twice as many communities
  • The Cal-Sag Trail will take $21 million to complete – the cost of just one expressway interchange in a single community
  • Federal grants are paying 80% of the costs
  • The Cal-Sag Trail connects five regional multi-use trails, creating a trail system that stretches more than 100 miles
  • If the Cal-Sag Trail were a health club, it would be a 3.7 million square foot recreational and fitness facility that serves everyone and costs nothing join
  • America’s CEOs rank public greenways second in importance when choosing a new location, just behind access to skilled workers
  • Small business owners consider recreational opportunities and green space as their top priority when choosing a new location
  • The Cal-Sag Trail links together four marinas, three golf courses, and six nature and forest preserves
  • Construction on the Cal-Sag Trail starts this fall, thanks to interested and involved residents, business owners, and community leaders— People like you. Join us!

Compare these costs with that of the 606 Trail in Chicago here:

The 606, or Bloomingdale Trail, a 2.7-mile trail and park that runs along an unused, elevated rail line between Ashland and Ridgeway, opened to the public Saturday, June 6, 2015. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

The Bloomingdale Trail, Chicago’s much-anticipated 606 bike and pedestrian parkis finally opening on the West Side this weekend.

Ten years and nearly $100 million later, a somewhat-sunny Saturday beckons the city. But before hitting the Trail, get to know the lay of the land.

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Distance: 16.1 miles
Time: 1h 59m 18s
Speed: 8.0 mph