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On Thursday, a traffic light at a major intersection in South Pasadena, California went out.
Traffic starting backing up in both directions taking drivers 30 minutes to get through the light.
For whatever reason, no local cops showed up to help direct traffic.
That’s when local resident Alan Ehlrich became a good traffic Samaritan and stepped into the intersection to help out according to CBS Los Angeles.
It’s the last Friday of the month everyone.
If you’re not sure of the significance, you may be one of the few Chicago drivers never caught by the thousand or so bike riders participating in Critical Mass
So here’s what you need to know to avoid going crazy trying to drive around the city this weekend.
Bud Billiken Parade
The Bud Billiken Parade is perhaps the best parade Chicago has to offer. And that’s probably the reason close to a million people show up to see it. Of course, when you put that many people in one place at one time, traffic and parking are going to be a headache.
This annual “back to school” parade takes place on the South Side this weekend.
The parade steps off at 10 AM starting at 39th & Martin Luther King Drive and ending where 55th Street meets Washington Park. However, the traffic and parking impact is very wide spread.
Parking will be at a premium for the parade, so get there early for a prime spot or be prepared to walk.
Also, at some point exit ramps along the Dan Ryan will be closed to traffic at some point, and many streets adjacent to MLK will be barricaded to help control vehicular traffic as well.
Drivers who usually park along MLK should make sure they move their cars the night before or face getting towed.
North Halsted Street Market Days
Next to Taste of Chicago, North Halsted Street Market Days is the second biggest street fair in the nation.
With Halsted blocked off from Addison to Belmont, there’s going to be a very obvious impact on traffic and parking in an already motor vehicle challenged Lakeview.
This event goes two days, both Saturday and Sunday.
As far as parking, it’s going to be hellacious. Either walk, park and walk or take public transportation.
But for you hardcore drivers, the best option may be SpotHero.com’s reserved parking just for North Halsted Street Market Days. They have some decently affordable pricing for a huge event like this.
Mad Decent Block Party
The Mad Decent Block Party is some new hipster rock and roll street festival.
Never heard of it. Never heard of the bands playing there.
But all you should care about is that Milwaukee Ave. is going to be closed from Western and Oakley all day on Saturday.
The Vice President had flown into town to attend a fundraiser at Navy Pier which was organized by David Axlerod, a senior advisor to the Obama Administration.
Although Biden was expected mid-afternoon, for whatever reasons his plane did not arrive at O’Hare until close to 5 PM.
With entrance ramps along the eastbound Kennedy from the the airport blocked by Chicago Police squad cars, all that rush hour traffic got pushed off the expressway and onto side street. This made a normally difficult rush hour painfully for slow for Chicago drivers mainly north of downtown.
The Chicago Department of Transportation began a repaving project on Lake Shore Drive between Belmont and Irving Park Road on Tuesday of last week (May 31st). Both these exit/entrance points are perhaps the busiest two ramps on the entire drive during the summer baseball season.
While of course this road construction will have a traffic impact on LSD, but perhaps traffic impacts could become epic before and after Chicago Cubs games.
Critical Mass takes place this Friday evening.
Critical Mass is the massive bike ride that takes place the last Friday evening of every month, and takes hundreds if not thousands of bike riders through a leisurely ride on the streets of Chicago.
Rides can be 15-20 miles and take three to four hours and due to the huge number of bikes, will create major traffic impacts wherever it snakes through the city.
If you’re in a hurry to get somewhere Friday evening, you don’t want to get caught at a traffic light with the Critical Mass express coming through. It’s like being at a railroad crossing with a very long and slow freight train crossing.
Try Bejing, China.
60 miles, on highways in every direction, traffic has come to a virtual standstill for over nine days. On some of the past few days, some vehicles did not move an inch according to some drivers.
According to news reports, road construction sparked the massive jam and predictions are it could last for another three weeks.