The bike trail runs north from Whistler Woods forest preservein Riverdale, across the Little Calumet River, through the West Pullman, Morgan Park and Beverly neighborhoods to Dan Ryan Woods forest preserve in Chicago, covering a distance of more than 6 miles.
Marshall "Major" Taylor was an African American bicycle racer, civil rights pioneer, and author. Major Taylor was the Michael Jordan of his day. From 1895 to 1910, he was the preeminent force in bicycle racing, the world's most popular professional sport of that time.
Major Taylor was the man to beat. After he retired, he spent his last days in Chicago and died at Cook County Hospital. Major Taylor's final resting place is in Chicago's southlands.
Chicago now has an living monument to his excellence: The Major Taylor Trail.