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Suburban bikers find a groove but want safer streets

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Buffalo Grove Village Planner Bob Pfeil starts out on his 50-minute ride home to Libertyville from village hall as part of the Bike Commuter Challenge last week.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Buffalo Grove Village Planner Bob Pfeil signals left as he turns onto Checker Road en route from village hall to home in Libertyville.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Villa Park librarian Sean Birmingham often bikes to work from Westmont using the Prairie Path to avoid busy streets.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

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Pot holes. Oblivious drivers. Busy streets. There are plenty of hazards for suburban commuters who want to use two wheels, not four, Monday through Friday. But the pleasures outweigh the pitfalls, say participants in last week's Bike Commuter Challenge, held as part of Bike to Work Week.
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    • Buffalo Grove Village Planner Bob Pfeil starts out on his 50-minute ride home to Libertyville from village hall as part of the Bike Commuter Challenge last week.
    •  Buffalo Grove Village Planner Bob Pfeil signals left as he turns onto Checker Road en route from village hall to home in Libertyville.
    •  Villa Park librarian Sean Birmingham often bikes to work from Westmont using the Prairie Path to avoid busy streets.
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