What's the best cycling route from my place in the Ukrainian Village to the Western Ave (at Hubbard) Metra?
I know this is a stupidly and ridiculously simple question, but I am a total bike newbie and scared of getting hit by a car, so please bear with me.
I'm starting a new job which will require me to take the Metra outbound. The closest station to me is the Western Ave station
. I live just north of Augusta/Wood
and when I was doing the walk-bus-walk trek this morning to the station, I realized that if I had a bike it would literally shave up to 30 minutes off my already long round-trip commute every day. I'd be leaving my place around 7 am and returning from the station around 6:30 pm every day, doing this full-time starting in April.
However, as I mentioned upfront I am a total newbie to biking so I'm nervous about the best route to the station. I took a look at the Chicago cycling map and it seems to indicate Augusta-Damen-Grand as the best route. However, that makes me nervous -- should I take side streets instead? Would Wood SB to Hubbard WB make the most sense? But then I read that there are higher risks of getting hit/doored by drivers on side streets, so I don't know. And would it make sense to take one route in the morning and a different one in the evening?
Finally, depending on the route it looks like I'll have to make turns at major intersections. How do you go about doing that, specifically left turns?