Walkability In The Windy City: How Safe Are Chicago’s Streets?

Walkability In The Windy City: How Safe Are Chicago’s Streets?
Even though Chicago is one of America’s most densely populated cities, it has relatively high standards in terms of pedestrian and cyclist safety. Believe it or not, analysts at the website Walk Score recently gave the Windy City a respectable 77 out of 100 in terms of walkability. When you zoom-in to touristy areas like... Read more »

Can You Ride a Bicycle During Chicago’s Stay at Home Order?

Can You Ride a Bicycle During Chicago’s Stay at Home Order?
Riding a bicycle is a healthy activity and is both legal and encouraged during Chicago’s Stay At Home order. Just be sure to maintain safe social distancing while cycling. Was biking banned? There is indeed confusion. That’s because Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told residents to not go on long runs or bike rides during the... Read more »

Chicago Leaders Discuss Potential Changes To 2020 E-Scooter Program

At a meeting on February 26, 2020, members of Chicago’s City Council discussed the possibility of putting e-scooters back on the streets. Although no firm date has been established, most councilmembers expressed support for a second e-scooter trial in 2020. While most aldermen said they would like to bring e-scooters back to Chicago, they also... Read more »
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2019 Data Suggests Chicago Will Re-Test E-Scooters In 2020

Findings from a new report on Chicago’s 2019 e-scooter trial suggest these devices will return sometime in 2020. Although Mayor Lori Lightfoot expressed support for another e-scooter pilot program, she didn’t release any specifics about the second trial run.    Officials involved in this report tracked over 820,000 e-scooter rides between June and October of 2019. A... Read more »

E-Scooters Found Floating Along The Chicago River

E-Scooters Found Floating Along The Chicago River
Nobody could’ve predicted this finale to Chicago’s e-scooter pilot program: micro-mobility devices splashing in the Chicago River. On September 25, 2019, CBS-2 received pictures of at least five rentable e-scooters floating in the north end of the river. Most of these photos were taken close to Diversey and Logan. Most of the devices found in... Read more »

Can Chicagoans Ride E-Scooters Without Helmets?

Illinois is one of only three US states that doesn’t have helmet laws on the books. This means anyone over the age of 18 could legally use e-scooters as a part of Chicago’s pilot program without wearing protective headgear. The Windy City’s Stance On Helmet Use Just because it’s legal, of course, doesn’t mean city... Read more »
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Romeoville Resident Convicted of DUI in Near-Fatal Chicago Bicyclist Crash

On August 6, 2019, Chicago’s Central District announced a significant development in a summer crash that severely injured one bicyclist. According to police, the female driver allegedly responsible for the crash admitted to her crime on Tuesday afternoon. Kristen Levasseur of Romeoville now faces two felony charges involving DUI and hit-and-run. In a recent hearing,... Read more »

New Study Reveals An “E-Scooter Rush” In Chicago

Two professors at DePaul University recently published a unique study on shareable e-scooter usage in Chicago. Although this study was only conducted during a 12-hour window, it gives researchers a decent understanding of e-scooter trends in Illinois’ most populous city. Analysts involved in this study focused on e-scooter data collected between 7AM and 7PM on... Read more »

Chicago Pedestrian Takes E-Scooter Companies to Court

A Chicago tattoo artist named Allyson Medeiros just filed a court petition following a recent accident with an e-scooter rider. Medeiros’s attorney hopes this new petition will help authorities locate the e-scooter rider involved in this crash. According to the Washington Post, this collision happened around 5:30PM on June 20, 2019, in the Wicker Park... Read more »
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Chicago Issues Over A Dozen E-Scooter Safety Violations

Chicago officials recently announced they’ve sent out multiple citations to seven e-scooter companies operating in the city. Businesses that fail to fix these safety violations could be removed from the city’s pilot program. A few common issues listed in these citations include not responding to customer complaints, sending e-scooters out of the West Side, and... Read more »