Sep 18, 2013

Major Taylor Trail

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.

  1. Friends of the Major Taylor Trail

    Friends of the Major Taylor Trail, Park Advisory Council.

  2. Major Taylor Trail | Illinois Trails |

    Named after legendary African American cyclist Marshall "Major"Taylor, who in 1899 set the world record for the one-mile and spent his last years in nearby ...

  3. Major Taylor Trail - entire route - Google Maps

    Jul 15, 2012 - Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.

  4. Unhappy trails - Sports & Fitness - Time Out Chicago

    May 28, 2008 - BUMPY RIDE After a ballyhooed opening, theMajor Taylor Trail sees ... Over the past year, the Major Taylor Trail, which bisects six miles of the ...

  5. Ahern: Discovering the Major Taylor trail - Southtown Star

    May 17, 2012 - Here's a challenging quiz, written especially for those who fancy themselves rather capable with Chicago (especially South Side) trivia.

  6. Major Taylor Trail - 91st to 111th in Chicago, IL | MapMyRide

    Cycling route Major Taylor Trail - 91st to 95th off-street, 95th to 105th on-street, 105th to 111th off-stree.

  7. Friends of the Major Taylor Trail - The Chainlink

    Goal: to maintain good trail conditions, plan for future improvement, and promote healthy activity on the Major Taylor Trail. P.O. Box 43345, Chicago, IL 606…

  8. Major Taylor Trail Ride to the River - The Chainlink

    May 17, 2013 - Join Friends of the Major Taylor Trail and Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago for our spring multi-distance ride. Three rides will roll: Starter - For ...

  9. South Side Riding With Major Taylor Cycling Club - Gapers Block ...

    Jun 15, 2011 - The international fame achieved by the trail and the club's namesake, 19th-century African-American cyclist Marshall "MajorTaylor, was a long ...

  10. Major Taylor Trail - Finding Nature - Ill. |

    This urban multi-use trail is named for Marshall "MajorTaylor, the second African-American to hold the world's sports title. The paved path is four miles and ...

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